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.
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.
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;
For 2016 the Duke Foundation has awarded $50,000 in funds for the installation of Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers. Contact your local soil and water conservation district for more information. The following projects are supported by this grant;
Caldwell District - Happy Valley Elementary School
Chatham District - Chatham Charter School
Clay District - Clay County High School
Dare District - Manteo High School
Forsyth District - NC Leadership Academy
Johnston District - West Smithfield Elementary School
McDowell District - North Cove Elementary School
Mitchell District - Mitchell High School
Nash District - Bailey Elementary School
New Hanover District - Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
Orange District - Blackwood Farm Park
Randolph District - Randleman Middle School
Rutherford District - Sunshine Elementary School
Surry District - Elkin High School
Tyrrell District - Tyrrell Elementary School
Wilkes District - East Wilkes Middle School