The purpose of the program is to establish outdoor environmental learning centers on school campuses and other public accessible places. If you know of a good partnering opportunity, contact your local soil and water conservation district office for more details.
See Current Status below for more details
Over $235,000 in program funds were awarded from the following organizations; Caterpillar, Duke Energy, Walmart Foundation, and the Z.Smith Reynolds Foundation.
Check out this short clip of a project in process with the Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation District.
Check out this short clip of the New Hanover project that won the National Association of Counties Achievement Award!
Visit the National Association of Conservation District's resource website for Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers by clicking here.
Accomplishments include installation of 103 Outdoor Environmental Learning Center sites in 49 counties. Projects include the following attributes as well as the traditional outdoor seating areas;
The next round of Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers will be funded by an EPA Environmental Education Grant!
The EPA grant will fund up to 5 Outdoor Environmetnal Learning Centers focused on Community Gardens on School Campuses. Conservation Districts are invited to be lead applicant and partner closely with a school. Each Community Garden will include an interactive education feacture focused on soils. Students are be to a intragral part of the planning and design process.
An online application will open in March, click here for the announcement.