Courtesy of: Philanthropy News Digest
The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation ofNature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the Gardens program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities.
Whether addressing issues surrounding food deserts, air quality, heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through garden design and implementation. Nature Works Everywhere gardens are designed to connect students to the global challenge of protecting the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air, and energy.
To that end, grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects. Food gardens will also be funded.
To be eligible, a school must be public or charter. Schools can be an elementary, middle, or high school.
See the Nature Works Everywhere website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.