School Grants for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids has provided $6.6 million in grants to schools since 2009. Our School Grants for Healthy Kids can help your school health team achieve its goal to make every kid healthy and ready to learn. Two types of grants are available: School Breakfast Grants and Game on Grants.

Green Schools Conference and Expo
US Green Building Council

GSCE brings together hundreds of teachers, students, facility managers, nonprofit partners, business leaders and sustainability advocates for two days of engaging educational sessions, inspiring speakers, networking, workshops and tours in support of green schools.

Leopold Education Project
Aldo Leopold Foundation

The Aldo Leopold Foundation was established to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. The foundation offers a broad spectrum of educational materials and tools that teachers can use in their classrooms, including the Leopold Education Project, an interdisciplinary environmental education and conservation curriculum. Check out the website for a full listing of available resources.

Greenworks! Grants
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree® (PLT), a national environmental education program for PreK-12 educators, offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, for example. To be eligible to apply, an educator must have attended a PLT training, either in-person or online, that also provides them with PLT lesson plans and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into their curriculum.

Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Schoolyard Habitat program guidebook is a tool that takes teachers and administrators through the process of creating schoolyard habitat and outdoor classroom projects. The guide covers everything from concept to completion: developing a plan, choosing a site, design and installation, maintenance, and how to incorporate the space into the curriculum. The guide is available in Spanish as well.

Teaching in Nature`s Classroom
Teaching in Nature's Classroom

In Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, Larson presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field. The book features vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Sam Dennis of the University of Wisconsin Environmental Design Lab. This publication was supported through a partnership between Community GroundWorks and the Environmental Design Lab at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. Funding for this project was provided by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Schoolyard Habitats
National Wildlife Federation

Since 1996, the National Wildlife Federation has worked to assist schools in the creation of Schoolyard Habitats®, which create and restore wildlife habitat on school grounds while providing outdoor classrooms for learning across the curriculum. There are currently over 5,000 schools and counting that have been certified through this program.

Green Schoolyards: A Growing Movement Supporting Health, Education, and Connection with Nature
Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands

This report documents the journeys and lessons of green schoolyard programs across the country and is informed by a rich dialogue that has been taking place at the national and local levels about how to help children, families, schools, communities, and our environments thrive. It shares information and stories, as well as tangible steps communities can take to develop their own green schoolyards.

Into the Outdoors
Into the Outdoors

This educational website is the online version of the Emmy-winning television series, offering free science videos and companion lesson activities for expanded learning in classrooms. Categories include energy science, farm science, environmental science, life science, natural resource science, health science, and physical science.

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
National Pollinator Garden Network

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators across America. Schools can get in on the action too! Plant a pollinator garden or landscape and register your habitat so it can be counted. The MPGC website contains a number of resources to help you get started, as well as curricula and lessons for the classroom.

Safe Routes to School Policies, Programs, and Initatives
Safe Routes to School Partnership

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for kids and communities by promoting healthy living, safe infrastructure, and physical activity, starting with bicycling and walking to school and beyond. The Partnership’s website provides information on Safe Routes to School, advancing policy change, and creating more active schools, as well as resources and best practices around Safe Routes to School policies, programs, and initiatives.

Field Trip Grants

It has become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target began offering Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide in 2007. Since then, Target has made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. Each Field Trip Grant is valued up to $700. Visit the website for further details and to see past recipients.

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. Printed materials are available only to schools, childcare providers, and summer meal programs participating in one of USDA’s Child Nutrition programs. To request printed materials, use our online order form and allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. All are welcome to download these materials and make copies.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen-science projects. BirdSleuth provides educators with kits that:

  • Encourage kids to answer their own questions about nature using the scientific process.
  • Spend time outdoors, connecting with nature by focusing on the fascinating sights, sounds, and behaviors of birds.
  • Motivate kids by the real-world importance of the data they enter online, which scientists use to understand and conserve birds.

BirdSleuth offers a variety of resources, as well as opportunities for in-person training, workshops, and online webinars for all types of educators who are looking for top notch professional development. BirdSleuth even offers a free student publication, BirdSleuth Investigator, that is written by students, for students and can be downloaded from the website.

Young Champions of the Earth
United Nations Environment Programme

Young Champions of the Earth is an initiative to identify young, talented people between the ages of 18 and 30 and to support their inspirations to create positive environmental impact.  This platform serves as a global stage to showcase technological inventions and innovative business models that inspires others and improve the health of our planet and people around the world. 

Six young people – one from each global region – are named Young Champions of the Earth. The winners receive seed funding of $15,000, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life. 

Creek Freaks
Izaak Walton League of America

The Creek Freaks program is for kids ages 10-14 who want to make a splash to help the environment. They become their community’s stream experts – exploring local streams; learning how healthy trees, shrubs, and grasses protect clean water and wildlife; and what the community can do to improve water quality.

The program uses a guide called Holding onto the GREEN Zone, developed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which helps youth explore “green zones” (another name for riparian zones). The program is filled with discovery, exploration, and of course, using the Creek Freaks’ website to share photos and data with other Creek Freaks.

Educators will find training, curriculum materials, and a number of additional resources to help implement this program in their classroom.

STEM Classroom Grants

FirstEnergy encourages original, inventive and creative classroom projects and teacher professional development in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Educators who want to energize their STEM classrooms lessons – and learn more innovative and resourceful ways to do so -- are invited to apply for a FirstEnergy STEM Classroom Grant of up to $1,000.

E2 Energy to Educate Grant Program

Constellation E2 Energy to Educate grants inspire students to think differently about energy. Through this unique grant program, Constellation has offered over 100,000 students in grades 6-12 and college opportunities to enhance their understanding of science and technology, and experience solving both today’s and tomorrow’s energy challenges.

Constellation is seeking proposals for hands-on projects which engage 100 or more students, within the following themes:

  • Energy in Transportation
  • Backyard Generation
  • Zero Waste

Grant awards are up to $25,000 for grades 6-12 and up to $50,000 for colleges and universities.

Trout in the Classroom
Trout Unlimited

Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Throughout the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.

Teachers can tailor the program to fit their curricular needs, meaning each TIC program is unique.  TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.  More information on possible activities and lessons can be found on the TIC website.

Green Clean Schools
Healthy Schools Campaign

The Healthy Schools Campaign’s (HSC) Green Clean Schools web portal is the place for all things green cleaning. It brings together practical information and easy-to-use resources from HSC’s multi-faceted strategy to support green, sustainable school cleaning programs nationwide.

This website builds on the tremendous success of HSC’s Quick + Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, first released in 2006. In addition to the Five Simple Steps to Green Cleaning popularized by the guide, this web portal highlights a strategic approach to policy change and the power of recognizing successful green cleaning programs.

Resources include videos, green cleaning guides, a green clean product directory, and information on policy, recognition, and third party certification.

The GSNN Membership Program
Green Schools National Network

GSNN’s membership program is designed for leaders who use sustainability to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, or school districts. As a member of the program, you will learn from and be inspired by the people who are transforming schools across the country. You can choose from various membership levels and each level comes with its own set of benefits and discounts.

School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project
Environmental Research and Education Foundation

The School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) was developed by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) - in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation and World Wildlife Fund - to quantify both food waste and related wastes (eg. recyclables, to landfill) generated in cafeterias at K-12 schools nationally. The project aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias and obtain an understanding of how this waste is managed both at the school and after it is hauled away.

Sensible Guide for Healthier School Renovations
Environmental Protection Agency

This booklet provides school administrators, facility managers, staff and the school community with an overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards and ways to minimize children’s exposures as they prepare for and undergo renovations. School renovations should be consistent with applicable local, state, and federal environmental health regulations.

Green Chemistry Education
Beyond Benign

Beyond Benign is a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing future and current scientists, educators, and citizens with the tools to teach and learn about green chemistry to create a sustainable future. The organization offers professional development, education, and online training for educators to teach them about green chemistry and how to implement it in their classrooms. Educators can access and download a variety of materials from Beyond Benign’s website including curricular materials for middle and high school classrooms.

Honey Bee Grant Program
Whole Kids Foundation

In partnership with the Bee Cause Project, the Honey Bee Grant program allows K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. Three grant options are available: •Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program. •Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project. •Traditional hive: equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit from Bee Thinking. All equipment grants include a small monetary grant that covers the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project.

US School Garden Grant
Whole Kids Foundation

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation U.S. School Garden Grants program provides $3,000 monetary grants to K-12 schools, or non-profits working with K-12 schools, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

Sponsor-A-Hive Bee Grants
Bee Conservancy

The Bee Conservancy’s Sponsor-A-Hive program bestows beekeeping grants to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States. The program will bestow material grants in the form of honey bees, mason bees, and/or leafcutter bees; their homes; bee keeping equipment; and information on how to care for the bees. Bees are strategically placed in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance science and environmental education, and pollinate locally grown food. Grants also provide a Sponsor-A-Hive Teacher’s Kit, which is full of lesson plans and worksheets to teach students more about their bee home. It’s designed to build reading and science skills, raise environmental awareness, and empower students to help the bees.