NWF's Southeast Regional Center is awarding grants to Atlanta schools for creating gardens on campus

07-27-2011 // Johnathon Justice
Kid Gardening

The National Wildlife Federation's Southeast Regional Center in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Captain Planet Foundation is awarding $500 grants to Atlanta schools who are willing to start or refurbish pollinator gardens on their campuses. The grants will provide educators and school communities the funds and materials necessary to start a pollinator garden. Pollinator gardens are made up of many types of flowers varying in color that attract pollinators throughout the season such as birds, hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies etc.

Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, manager of education and advocacy programs for NWF Southeast, says the grants are not difficult to obtain but require an application with a well-planned project.

“We look for thoughtful projects that include a high degree of student involvement in its implementation and use of the federation's Schoolyard Habitats® Web site. Past grant winners have demonstrated a high level of community involvement in their project plans and had goals that align with those of the Schoolyard Habitats® program,” Jelks said.

All public elementary, middle, junior high and high schools are eligible to receive a grant. The Southeast Regional Center will distribute 35 grants throughout the city and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all grant funds are expended. Applications can be downloaded HERE and applicants will receive notification of award within two weeks.

To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife. These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but also outdoor classrooms where they hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity.


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