Attention Teachers: This One’s For You

While most humans at one time or another have wished they could make money and resources simply appear out of thin air, most are unable to accomplish this feat. Teachers, however, possess a hidden talent for making such things happen. All you need is a handful of the right websites, a smidgen of motivation, and the tiniest pinch of time.

The number of grant opportunities available to teachers and schools is vast, so to make the best possible use of your time, we’ve compiled a list of specific resources that are great for nature and garden-based initiatives, as well as a few of our favorite grant search databases.

Grant Opportunities

  • Lowes can help your school get the tools it needs to build a garden, nature trail, natural play area, or anything else you can think of!

  • Garden ABCs has an extensive list of environmental grants, not just gardening grants as the name suggests. This is definitely a resource to keep in mind and in your bookmarks.

  • KidsGardening.Org is a great resource for garden-themed lesson plans and take-home activities, as well as annual grant programs.

Other Teacher Resources

There are also great organizations out there that offer free resources, information, inspiration, and even interaction with the global environmental education movement.

  • GLOBE, short for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, is a spectacular program that involves schools from around the world in monitoring and caring for their local water resources.

  • The California Department of Education has compiled a comprehensive list of state-based environmental education resources and model curricula that are great for teaching a variety of subjects.

  • Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nonprofit that offers training, lesson plans, books for students, and posters. They also have their own list of free online resources from other organizations.

  • Project Learning Tree is a fantastic resource for PreK through grade 12 teachers. They have a wealth of curriculum materials, events, and training opportunities.

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