High school teachers can get up to $1,000 to support pollinators, courtesy of the Sand County Foundation.
The competitive grant for pollinator habitats gives Midwestern students hands-on experience growing native wildflowers and establishing habitat for insect pollinators and monarch butterflies.
Successful applications will get prairie seeds and seedlings, a consultation and $1,000 to support project expenses. The deadline to apply is Nov. 18. Apply here: www.sandcountyfoundation.org/SchoolGrants
Insect pollinators are essential for crop pollination and ecological diversity. In recent years their numbers are low partly due to loss of native wildflower habitat, especially in the agricultural landscape.
“Students will germinate and grow native plants over the winter, and plant them outside in the spring as an experiential learning opportunity,” says Haley Diem, Sand County Foundation school grant program coordinator. “We encourage applicants to partner with landowners to establish pollinator habitat on agricultural and other working lands.”
Pollinator habitat grant program sponsors include: Syngenta, Enel Green Power North America Inc., Monarch Joint Venture, U.S. Forest Service International Programs, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, and We Energies Foundation.
In addition to the grant program, teachers can access a Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide. Aligned with state and national education standards, the guide’s activities engage students in planning, establishing, managing and monitoring prairie habitat. Download it for free: https://earthpartnership.wisc.edu/2018/06/20/new-pollinator-habitat-guide-from-earth-partnership-available-now-online/