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, now accepting applications from NC Soil and Water Conservation Districts only.
Q&A Teleconferences: March 30 at 1PM and April 3 at 9:30AM
Join the Q&A teleconference by dialing 1.515.604.9094; access code 402588278. You only need to call into one, all questions / answers will be added to the guidance document and shared with applicants.
If you are interested in partnering with your local Conservation District on a project please contact them directly. Their contact information can be found by clicking here.
The Foundation was awarded a $100,000 EPA Region 4 Environmental Education Grant! In addition to 5 new Gardens on School Campuses, the grant funds a Mobile Soils Classroom and on-farm cover crop demonstrations. Visit other program pages for those 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. An online application is now open and closes June 5! Click Here to access to guidance document.
The EPA grant will fund up to 5 Outdoor Environmetnal Learning Centers focused on Gardens on School Campuses. Conservation Districts are invited to be lead applicant and partner closely with a school. Each Garden will include an interactive education feacture focused on soils. Students are be to a intragral part of the planning and design process.
Click Here for a Foundation handout from 2011 Training
For specific soil education resources, click here to see a list provided by the Soil Health Institute