Nature of Learning Grant Program

Posted by on February 14, 2011

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Invites Proposals for Nature of Learning Grant Program
Deadline: April 1, 2011

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Conservation Training Center, and National Wildlife Refuge Association, is accepting applications from organizations interested in initiating the Nature of Learning in their communities.

The Nature of Learning is an FWS National Wildlife Refuge System’s community-based environmental education initiative that seeks to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote a greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage an interdisciplinary approach to learning that enhances student academic achievement; utilize field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real world issues; and create partnerships among local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals, and local businesses.

First-year grants of up to $10,000 each and second-year grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to support education projects focused on the causes and effects of climate change on refuges and to build citizen science partnership programs. Proposals that incorporate this theme are preferred but not required.

Academic institutions or nonprofit organizations, including “Friends” organizations, cooperative and interpretive associations, Audubon Chapters, youth organizations, community groups, etc., are eligible to apply for funding. The program must involve a partnership with a national wildlife refuge.

While matching contributions are not required, preference will be given to applications that include other contributions of funds, goods, and services from program partners.

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