This grant is provided to NH schools or 501c3 non-profit organizations that work with children who need funding to provide hands-on, experiential, outdoor field trip opportunities. These trips should be educational, but could be to a range of locations (nature center, museum, state park, mountain) and must include an outdoor, experiential component. The trip needn't be science-focused: environmental education is interdisciplinary, and we would love to see trips that engage the environment in creative ways through various subjects. Some weight is also given to applicants who plan a trip in the "off season" (late fall, winter and early spring), as this provides new and different outdoor experiences and supports environmental educations centers around the state at a time when they have fewer visitors. The grant money can be used to cover transportation costs and/or student entry or program fees when applicable. We anticipate awarding grants in the range of $200-$500, but the amount of funding we award can grow if other businesses, organizations or individuals donate to our NHEEd to Get Outside field trip funding program, so please consider asking an environmentally-friendly business or organization near you to get involved!
Click here to see descriptions of some of the trips that were funded in 2018: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FwceVJqxAnxeJyHUYitcFXsLSmZWl-3nhui4fpisJBk/edit?usp=sharing
Applications are due October 31, 2018. While you can apply for funding to go toward a trip that is happening this year (let's say December 18th, 2018), please be advised that you will here back from us regarding your application in late November and funds will not be dispersed until AFTER January 1st of 2019.
Who are we, and why are we giving away money?
We are NH Environmental Educators. Our mission is to advocate for high quality environmental education in New Hampshire, and to provide a forum for networking and professional development for environmental education. We are collaborating with the NH Children in Nature Coalition to implement an Environmental Literacy Plan for NH, a key component of which is “ensuring environmental literacy through funding and support” (Key Area 5, NH ELP). We want to make sure that all students have access to the outdoors during every season, at every grade level, through multiple subject areas, whether through field experiences, Environmental Education centers and or in their schoolyards and at home. It is our hope that these funds will help to move schools and students toward these goals of environmental literacy, and result in healthier, happier and more engaged teachers, students, schools and ultimately, communities. Here is a copy of the NH Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP):
Please look through this to identify how your intended trip outcomes might align with the goals of the Environmental Literacy Plan, and visit our website, nhee.org, to learn more about us, get involved, become a member and more. You can also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NHEnvironmentalEducators/) to learn more about additional grant opportunities as well as EE jobs, professional development, events and more! This year there is a great professional development opportunity if you are looking to do more outdoors: visit http://www.neeea.org/ to register for "Coming Together"- The Wellborn Leadership Conference & New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference, November 1-3, 2018 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.