Wild Ones   Past Awards - The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program  

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations whose efforts in establishing outdoor learning centers best reflect the Wild Ones educational efforts to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

2012 Seeds for Education Grantees

  • American Foreign Service Association, Vadnais Heights, MN
    Students from the Field Ecology course at AFSA High School will create a northern long grass warm season prairie. They hope to attract and monitor native pollinators.
    Twin Cities Chapter

  • Environmental Science Class, Fisher, IL
    High school students from the Environmental Science class will also create a prairie. They want their fellow students to realize how important all parts of the environment are.
    Illinois Prairie Chapter

  • Washington Middle School, Calumet, MI
    In Michigan’s upper peninsula, students at Washington Middle School in Calumet will restore native plants at a nearby beach on Lake Superior.
    Keweenaw Chapter

  • Krause Later Elementary School, Armada, MI
    In the southern Michigan community of Armada, students from Krause Later Elementary School will plant a courtyard with native wildflowers.

  • University Laboratory School, Baton Rouge, LA
    In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students from the University Laboratory School are building a native plant rain garden to expand an existing wetlands area.

  • Williams School, Austin, TX
    Williams School in Austin, Texas, has a multi-faceted gardening project in a low-income area. They are planting native wildflowers to attract and sustain pollinators, benefiting food production and the environment.

  • Riverworks at Sturgeon City, Jacksonville, NC
    Riverworks at Sturgeon City is a water quality project in Jacksonville, NC. Youth are planting natives to demonstrate how deep roots increase infiltration and reduce erosion.

  • Four Winds of Indian Education, Chico, CA
    At the Four Winds of Indian Education, young people are using native plants both to learn traditional uses, and to improve the sustainability of their school grounds. Their site in Chico, CA is working to reduce irrigation.

  • Saint Louis School, Honolulu, HI
    Students are planting indigenous hibiscus, gardenias, and other native plants. 6th and 9th grades students researched the plant species, and hope to attract the Kamehameha butterfly.

    Northern Illinois University, Lorado Taft Field Campus, Oregon, IL
    Students are planting native forbs, grasses and shrubs to support birds and beneficial insects with food and cover. This is creating an outdoor education laboratory for elementary students, with help from the local Wild Ones chapter.
    Rock River Valley Chapter

  • North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
    Garden staff is working with children aged 10-13 to research, design, and plant a garden for pollinators. Students are taking a leadership role in every step of the process, including site analysis and preparation, selection of appropriate native plants, and installation.

  • Frelinghuysen Elementary School, Johnsonburg, NJ
    Third and fifth grade students at are native plants and shrubs to the border of the school's outdoor classroom. They note that maple leaf viburnum and winterberry holly will provide better shelter and resting points for local and migrating birds than the ailanthus trees that have been removed from the site.

  • United North Amityville Youth Organization, Amityville, NY
    Children are using their award to buy native plants that reflect the natural communities of Long Island, such as grassland, beach and pine barren. The children also chose plants that would attract wildlife, including "hummingbirds, butterflies, cardinals, and rabbits.”

  • Highland High School, Highland, NY
    Students in the Organic Living class are adding native flowering and fruitbearing plants to an existing streamside learning area at the school. Blueberries and fox grapes are among the species that will enhance the site.

  • Avon Grove Charter School, West Grove, PA
    Students are enhancing plant diversity on a constructed xeric limestone prairie. They are adding sedges, native grasses, zig-zag and blue-stem goldenrod along with species they have propagated from plants already on the site. They write that an afterschool team works every Thursday, year round, and is “constantly working to suppress multiflora rose, autumn olive, princess tree, English plantain, burning bush, porcelain berry, and other invasives.”

  • Austintown Middle School, Youngstown, OH
    Students are creating a pollinator garden to expand the outdoor learning area into the community, enhancing the wetland area with native plants while building stronger ties with several new partnerships. They hope to improve land and water quality further upstream from the wetlands situated on their school property and the township park across the street.


    2011 Seeds for Education Grantees

    • Watkins Montessori School – Washington, DC – $250
      As part of our move to a new location near Union Station, parents and children will install a native plant garden with wildflowers, grasses and shrubs. They will learn about protecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
    • Halau Ku Mana – Public Charter School, Honolulu, Hawaii – $250
      Students in grades 11-12 are reforesting sections of their campus with native plants as part of their botany curriculum. They will address state science benchmarks while honoring the Hawaiian principle of caring for the land, aloha aina.
    • Conyers Learning Academy – Rolling Meadows, Illinois – $250
      Third year of ongoing creation of a school habitat and garden by early childhood special education and at-risk preschoolers. The garden is created to draw species of butterflies such as the monarch and the black swallowtail, as well as the bumblebee. The underground habitat of worms and insects continues to be of interest.
      Greater DuPage
    • Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center – Olympia Fields, Illinois – $250
      High school students developed plans to redevelop park land into an outdoor classroom featuring native prairie plants.
    • Lake Forest Open Lands Association – Lake Forest, Illinois – $250
      Groups of students in a fourth grade program called Earth Stewards will help diversify the native plant population.
    • O'Neill Middle School – Downers Grove, Illinois – $250
      Twenty 7th and 8th grade members in the garden club will rejuvenate a Courtyard Classroom with native plants. The school already has a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
      Greater DuPage
    • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens – Rockford, Illinois – $250
      Restoration of a low-growing prairie meadow as an outdoor classroom for visitors, neighborhood school groups, scouts and families.
      Rock River Valley
    • Pinewood Middle School GR – Kentwood, Michigan – $250
      Seventh grade students are creating a rain garden in the shape of a peace symbol on school property. They have already installed native plants in one section and prepared the rest of the site.
      River City - Grand Rapids Area
    • Royal Oak Nature Society – Royal Oak, Michigan – $250
      Restoring the ground layer of an Oak Savanna remnant adjacent to a high school and a senior center.
      Southeast Michigan
    • Woldumar Nature Center – Lansing, Michigan – $250
      Remaking a fence row area into a native prairie planting for environmental education curriculum. Children in our "Web of Life" curriculum focus on learning about the food chain for native species: microorganisms, insects, birds, etc.
      Red Cedar
    • Dowling Urban Environmental Elementary School – Minneapolis, Minnesota – $250
      Students will expand the garden by germinating seeds in the school greenhouse. Students will compare the native plant garden species to two areas within walking distance of the school: an oak savannah remnant and an area dominated by invasive species. They will update a log of sighted plant and animals using a tethered, rainproof notebook.
      Twin Cities
    • New City School – Minneapolis, Minnesota – $250
      Project will expand the Monarch Meadow, a small native prairie garden, to provide more space for groups, increase the diversity of plant species, and add more native shrubs.
      Twin Cities
    • Niagara Falls Public Library – Niagara Falls, New York – $250
      Create community gardens as an outdoor classroom with a nearby elementary school.
      Niagara Falls & River Region
    • Maria Early Learning Center – Toledo, Ohio – $250
      We are transforming a lawn into a Sensory Garden for young children. The heart of the garden will be native plants, an exciting place to develop stewardship of the natural world.
      Oak Openings Region
    • St. George Village Botanical Garden – Frederiksted, Virgin Islands – $250
      Planned, developed and implemented by local students, the Children's Garden will serve as a natural space to study native and endangered species.
    • Timber-Lee Christian Center – East Troy, Wisconsin – $250
      Teach kids about endangered communities and restore Oak Openings near a small lake for environmental education programs.
      Milwaukee SE-Wehr


    2010 Seeds for Education Grantees

    • Elizabeth Learning Center – California – $300
      Native-Plant Habitat and Botanic Garden Using Desert Plants
    • Franklin Middle School – Wisconsin – $300
      Enriching With Legumes a Native Wisconsin Prairie Garden
      Green Bay (WI) Chapter
    • Clintonville High School – Wisconsin – $300
      East Prairie Biodiversity Enhancement Project
      Wolf River (WI) Chapter
    • Westgate Elementary, Edmonds School District – Washington – $300
      Michele Boyd Schoolyard Habitat Restoration Project
    • The Farm School – Tennessee – $300
      Farm School Garden Project
    • Clark Fork School – Montana – $300
      Native Garden Education Area
    • Wiley Elementary PTA – North Carolina – $300
      Ecological Restoration Focusing on Piedmont Savannah
    • Crow Middle/High School – Oregon – $300
      Converting Older School Landscaping to Native Plants
    • Shelby County Parks and Recreation – Kentucky – $150
      Provide Native Trees and Shrubs as Educational Landscaping Around a Future Nature Center
      Louisville Metro (KY) Chapter
    • Walton Elementary School – Maine – $150
      Introduce Native Plants into an Area Adjacent to the School Playground
    • Kaneland McDole Elementary – Illinois – $150
      Outdoor Prairie Classroom
      Northern Kane County (IL) Chapter
    • Papahana Kuaola – Hawaii – $150
      5th Grade Students Bringing Back Native Plants and Creating a Native Garden
    • Shawboro Elementary – North Carolina – $150
      Shawboro Elementary Outdoor Classroom Habitat
    • Plainfield North High School – Illinois – $150
      Replacing a Large Lawn Area With Native Prairie
      Greater DuPage (IL) Chapter
    • Discovery Charter School – California – $150
      Providing Habitat for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
    • Kimberton Waldorf School – Pennsylvania – $150
      Rain Garden
      Habitat Resource Network of Southeast Pennsylvania (PA) Chapter
    • Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy – Arizona – $150
      Colton Community Youth Garden
    • Vera Ralya Elementary School – Michigan – $150
      Establish a Michigan Prairie Ecosystem in the Existing Courtyard Outdoor Classroom
      Red Cedar (MI) Chapter
    • Westwood Elementary – Wisconsin – $150
      Butterfly Garden Using Prairie Plants
      Green Bay (WI) Chapter


    2009 Seeds for Education Grantees

    • Resources for Health – Paradise Valley Arizona – $350
      Native Seeds Garden
    • Canyon Crest Academy EcoClub – San Diego, California – $350
      Replacing Lawn with native Plant Garden at Canyon Crest Academy
    • Mancos Public Library – Mancos, Colorado – $350
      The Library Butterfly Garden Classroom
    • Green Urban Living Center – Miami, Florida – $350
      Green Urban Living Center Wetland Project
    • Winneshiek County Conservation Board – Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin – $350
      South Winneshiek Outdoor Classroom
    • Girl Scout Troop 319 – South Beloit, Illinois – $350
      Butterfly Paradise Garden
      Rock River Valley (IL) Chapter
    • Monteleone Junior High School – Mandeville, Louisiana – $350
      Wildlife Garden at Monteleone Junior High School
    • Missaukee Conservation District – Lake City, Michigan – $350
      The N.E.W. (Nature's Exciting Wonders) Missaukee Fitness and Nature Trail
      Mid-Mitten (MI) Chapter
    • STEPS for Kids nature Club (Pine Lake Village Co-op) – Ann Arbor, Michigan – $350
      Montrio Pond Rehabilitation Project
      Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter
    • Lonedell R-14 School District – Lonedell, Missouri – $350
      Outdoor Classroom
      St. Louis (MO) Chapter
    • Orange County Community College, SUNY Orange – Biology Department – Middletown, New York – $350
      Themed Education Garden
      Habitat Gardening in Central New York (NY) Chapter
    • Out & About Preschool – Tiffin, Ohio – $350
      Wildflower Garden. Out & About Preschool is the first nature-based licensed preschool in the state of Ohio
      Toledo (OH) Chapter
    • The Friends of the Ohio Governos Residence & Heritage Garden – Columbus, Ohio – $350
      Building the Allegheny Plateau Region of the Ohio Governors Residence Heritage Garden
      Columbus (OH) Chapter
    • Kyle Elementary School – Environmental Study Center – Kyle, Texas $350
      Kyle Elementary Environmental Study Center
    • Friends of the Mead/McMillan Association Inc. – Milladore, Wisconsin – $350
      Educational Prairie and Rain Garden
      Central Wisconsin (WI) Chapter
    • Hudson Middle School – Hudson, Wisconsin – $350
      Hudson Middle School Prairie, Planting of a prairie and native species garden at entrance to Hudson School Forest
      St. Croix Oak Savanna (MN) Chapter
    • Bolling Inc. – Lewisburg, West Virginia – $350
      Reverend Carl Renick Memorial Butterfly Garden at Bolling Center

    2008 Seeds for Education Grantees

    • Pringle Nature Center/Hoy Audubon Society – Bristol, Wisconsin – $500
      Continue work on establishing a native prairie within Bristol Woods County Park.
      Root River Area (WI) Chapter
    • River Ridge Elementary School – Moore, South Carolina – $500
      Planning, Planting, and Maintaining Several Butterfly Gardens and Wildlife Habitats Utilizing Native Plants
    • Daemen College – Amherst, New York– $490
      Designing and Creating an Environmental Education Area
      Niagara Frontier Wildlife Habitat Council (NY) Chapter
    • Dottywood Community Arts – Lewisburg, West Virginia – $400
      Design and Build a Native Plant Outdoor Classroom
    • Children's Association for Maximum Potential – Center Point, Texas – $400
      Expanding the Nature Center and Sensory Gardens for Children With Special Needs
    • North Shore Community School – Duluth, Minnesota – $300
      Increase the Effectiveness and Habitat of Rain Garden
      Arrowhead (MN) Chapter
    • Children's Community School – Davidson, North Carolina – $300
      Creating a Dinosaur Garden, a Butterfly Garden, an Art Garden, and more.
    • Winnemucca Community Garden – Winnemucca, Nevada – $300
      The Nevada Basin and Range Plant Demonstration Project
    • Wauwatosa West High School – Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – $300
      Establish a Savanna and Wooded Area on District Grounds
      Milwaukee-Southwest/Wehr (WI) Chapter
    • Knollwood Elementary School – Decatur, Georgia – $300
      Create a Bird Habitat/Feeding Area Using Native Plants
    • River Revitalization Foundation – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – $210
      Enhance Wildlife Habitat along the Southbranch Creek
      Milwaukee-Southwest/Wehr Chapter

    2007 Seeds for Education Grantees

    • M L King Elementary School – Rockford, Illinois – $500
      Filling in the Gaps
      Rock River Valley (IL) Chapter
    • Rupert A Nock Middle School – Newburyport, Massachusetts – $500
      Courtyard Renovation Project at the Nock
    • Bolles Harbor Mathematics and Science Center – Monroe, Michigan – $500
      Native Tallgrass Prairie Species Demonstration Garden
      Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter
    • Scattergood Friends School – West Branch, Iowa – $500
      Establishment of Prairie Forbs in a Native Grass Stand
    • Northern Panhandle Conservation District – McMechen, West Virginia – $500
      Northern Panhandle Nature Learning Center
    • Washington Elementary-CUSA #100 – Belvidere, Illinois – $490
      Washington Elementary School Prairie
      Rock River Valley (IL) Chapter
    • Lake Forest Open Lands Association – Lake Forest, Illinois – $250
      Lake Forest Open Lands Earth Day Garden
      Lake-To-Prairie (IL) Chapter
    • Winfield United School #34 – Winfield, Illinois – $250
      Outdoor Native Plant Classroom Winfield Elementary
      Greater DuPage (IL) Chapter
    • Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast – Chesapeake, Virginia – $250
      The Outback Wildflower/Native Plant Garden
    • Jo Daviess Carroll AVC – Elizabeth, Illinois – $250
      Jo Daviess County Native Plant Outdoor Classroom

    2006 Seeds for Education Grants Awarded

    • Green Bay Botanical Garden – Green Bay, Wisconsin – $500
      Karner Blue Butterfly Demonstration Garden
      Green Bay Chapter
    • Washington Elementary School – Marshfield, Wisconsin – $350
      Seeds for Tomorrow
      Central Wisconsin Chapter
    • King Elementary School – Rockford, Illinois – $350
      Native Gardens at King
      Rock River Valley Chapter
    • Ithaca Children's Garden – Ithaca, New York – $200
      Wetlands Ecology Education Program
    • Booker T. Washington Middle School – Newport News, Virginia – $200
      Beyond the Watershed: Eco-Garden Project.
      Partner-at-Large (The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will be adding another $50.)
    • Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium – Fort Myers, Florida – $200
      Calusa Nature Center Avian Garden Renovation
    • Rudolf Steiner High School – Ann Arbor, Michigan – $100
      Rudolph Steiner High School/Prairie/Oak Opening Restoration
      Ann Arbor Chapter (Wildflower Association of Michigan has also presented a grant of $1000.)
    • Pine Mountain Learning Center – Pine Mountain Club – California – $100
      Schoolyard Native Garden and Wildlife Habitat

    2005 Seeds for Education Grants Awarded

    • Ferry Beach Ecology School, Saco, ME $500 Ferry Beach Ecology School Center Native Garden Project for the creation of a wild landscape right outside the front door of Ferry Beach Ecology School. (Partner-at-Large)
    • Raisin Valley Land Trust, Adrian, MI $400 Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Indian Crossing Trails Park in the City of Tecumseh. (Ann Arbor Chapter)
    • Goodwillie Environmental School, Ada, MI $400 A Student Propagated Prairie Expansion of a 1 acre prairie area along the school driveway. (Partner-at-Large)
    • Lincoln Elementary School, Cadillac, MI $400 Native Plant Songbird & Butterfly Garden Enhancement at Lincoln School Outdoor Learning Center created in 2001 with a SFE grant award. (Partner-at-Large)
    • Maharishi School, Fairfield, IA $400 Biodiversity and Native Prairie Development of 1 acre prairie restoration by middle school students in conjunction with the Maharishi University of Management. (Partner-at-Large)
    • School on the Lake, Maplewood Middle School, Menasha, WI $500 School on the Lake Butterfly Host Plant Gardens Development includes three butterfly host plant garden areas in an existing school natural area. (Fox Valley Area Chapter)
    • The Gempp Area Prairie Board, St Louis, MO $400 The Gempp Area Prairie Expansion Project intends to establish a prairie within their 13 acre wildlife sanctuary and outdoor classroom in the middle of suburban St Louis. (St. Louis Chapter)
    • Sunset Zoological Park, Manhattan, KS $500 Sunset Zoo Native Plant Gardens are adding two native plant gardens to their existing backyard habitat at the zoo. (Partner-at-Large)
    • El Monte Union High School District, El Monte, CA $500 The Best Laid Plants… Inner city high school students will be constructing five different themed gardens to illustrate various ecoregions in the area. (Partner-at-Large

    2004 Award Winners

    • Barron Area Senior High, Barron, WI $400 Barron High Prairie Restoration. Restoration of a small prairie wildlife area on school grounds. (NW Wisconsin – Partner-at-Large)
    • Chestnut Park School, Savanna, IL $500 Chestnut Park School Habitat. Construction and maintenance of a nature lab consisting of Illinois native prairie, a 6 acre savanna, and a perennial butterfly garden. (NW Illinois – Partner-at-Large)
    • Etna Elementary School, Etna, CA $403 Etna Elementary Outdoor Learning Center. Establishment of a native area to use as an educational tool in teaching students hands-on outdoor science. (Northern CA – Partner-at-Large)
    • Lelanau Conservancy, Leland, MI $450 Native Wildflower Restoration at Chippewa Run Natural Area. Restoration an old agricultural field to a meadow that sustains high quality, native species. (NE Lake Michigan shoreline – Partner-at-Large)
    • Friends of the Welty Environmental Center, Beloit, WI $273 Butterfly and Bird Habitat Garden. Installation of a garden of native prairie plants with an emphasis on host plants for butterfly larvae, nectar sources for butterflies and hummingbirds, and seed sources for birds. (Central IL-WI border – Partner at Large)
    • May Whitney Elementary School, Lake Zurich, IL $500 May Whitney Elementary School Outdoor Learning Center. Transformation of the courtyard to woodland, savanna, hill prairie and tallgrass prairie ecosystems so students can learn about indigenous Illinois plants and nature. (NE Illinois – Lake-to-Prairie Chapter)
    • Ophir School, Gallatin Gateway, MT $489 Native Plant Demonstration Garden. Continuation of the development of a native plant demonstration garden on the school grounds which serves as an educational area, and will be associated with a 100 yr old restored homesteader's cabin. (South Central MT – Partner-at-Large)
    • Pewaukee High School, Pewaukee, WI $500 Pewaukee Village Park Pond Restoration. Improvement of the overall water qualify of the pond through the development of a shoreline buffer. (SE WI – Menomonee River Area Chapter)
    • Rockford College, Rockford, IL $500 Returning to our Roots. Restoration of a native prairie and establishment of a butterfly garden on the Rockford College campus to provide a variety of both formal and informal educational opportunities in disciplines across the range of the arts and sciences. (North Central IL – Rock River Valley Chapter)

    2003 Award Winners

    • Audubon Vermont, Huntington, VT: $434 Wildscaping with Audubon at Home. Creating a teaching garden to model Audubon at Home guidelines at Green Mountain Audubon Center. (Partner-at-Large)
    • Barrington Middle School - Station Campus, Barrington, IL: $500 Courtyard for Creative Learning. Second year of three year plan to develop habitat to supplement and enhance the educational needs of 6-8 grade students. (Lake-To-Prairie)
    • Blue Springs South High School, Blue Springs, MO: $400 Thomas Young Park Prairie Project. Advance placement environmental science students will develop a research area in park adjacent to school. (Mid-Missouri Chapter)
    • Burley School PTA, Chicago, IL: $500 Burley School Native Plant Garden. Develop native plant garden as a tool for teaching. (North Park Village Nature Center Chapter)
    • Challenger Elementary School, Thief River Falls, MN: $475 Challenger Nature Area. Enhance wetland habitat near pond area. (Partner-at-Large)
    • Crossroads at Big Creek Historical and Environ Learning Preserve, Sturgeon Bay, WI: $400 Wetland at the Crossroads. Develop wetland garden near entrance of new John & Helen Collins Learning Center. (Door County Chapter)
    • Crown Point Ecology Center, Bath, OH: $450 Youth Greenhouse Prairie Garden. Extension of garden around newly constructed greenhouse. (Partner at Large)
    • Marshfield High School/Marshfield Science Dept, Marshfield, MO: $273 Wetlands Ecology. For use by K-12 thru college students and the general pubic, the project is designed to promote the development of a naturally forming wetlands area. (Partner-at-Large)
    • Morehead State University, Louisville, KY: $500 Conservation Design Project. As an educational opportunity for students, the community & facility planners, the project will serve 3 functions: bioretention, wildlife habitat & landscaping. (Louisville Chapter)
    • Our Lady of Lourdes School, Toledo, OH: $50 Lady of Lourdes School Meadow. Develop meadow area on the front of the school property. (Partner-at-Large)

    2004 Award Winners

    • Johnson Elementary School in Milford, MI received a cash award of $300 for their Grassland Habitat project which will restore a grassland area near the school to presettlement oak savannas and openings. This is the second area at the school to be planted in native plants. (Ann Arbor Chapter)
    • Robidoux Middle School in St Joseph, MO received $195 for their project entitled "Putting down Roots" which, with the help of the students, will change the open area within the bus turnaround into a haven of native grasses and wildflowers. (Wild Rose Chapter)
    • Bagdad Elementary in Leander, TX received $150 toward their project entitled "Bagdad Courtyard Learning Environment" which will involve converting an enclosed outdoor courtyard into an outdoor learning environment filled with prairie grasses and forbs. (Partner at Large)
    • Doudna Elementary/Doudna PTO in Richland Center, WI received $400 to help establish the prairie phase of the Doudna Elementary Nature Preserve on a ½ acre site near the school. All the children will be involved in all aspects of the project. (Madison Chapter)
    • Friess Lake School in Hubertus, WI received $400 for to establish an Outdoor Classroom & Pond Area at their school on a 1 ac site which features three retention ponds and several berms. Students will do the planting and learn about prairie lowlands and their value. (Menomonee River Area Chapter)
    • Oakhill Day School of Gladstone, MO received $400 to establish an "Outdoor Discovery Classroom" featuring prairie and shade plants to offer students opportunities for hands-on applications related to the traditional classroom learning. (Mid-Missouri Chapter)
    • Velma Hamilton Middle School of Madison, WI received $300 toward their outdoor classroom which will include both prairie and woodland habitat. Currently they are inventorying existing plants in the woodlands and removing exotics. (Madison Chapter)
    • Mill Creek Elementary of Statesboro, GA received $100 toward their project entitled "Mustangs Care about Environmental Science (MCES)" which will have seven stations (one for each grade) featuring prairie and shrubs. (Partner at Large)
    • Arbor School of Arts & Sciences of Tualatin, GA received $300 toward their project entitled "Woods and Streams" which with the help of the students will restore 2.5 acres of deciduous/riparian forest and the associated Saum Creek Greenway. (Partner at Large)
    • Hughes Elementary of the Red Lake Falls Public School District 630 received a $150 cash award toward their outdoor classroom which will include a tallgrass prairie restoration/demo site. (Partner at Large)
    • Lorado Taft Field Campus of Oregon, IL received $100 to be used for their project entitled "North Field Prairie Restoration." Their team events will now be played next to a prairie. (Rock River Valley)
    • Nicolet Area Technical College located in Rhinelander, WI received $200 toward the restoration of displaced species along a newly developed path through the campus. Their project entitled "Nicolet: A Sense of Place" will feature prairie, wet mesic and shade plants. (Partner at Large)

    2001 Award Winners

    • Lincoln Elementary School of Cadillac, MI for its Outdoor Teaching Center/Clam River Greenway project which will create an outdoor, interactive instructional area that will be used to provide a holistic learning environment for the children of the City of Cadillac and Wexford County about native wildflowers, grasses, wildlife and the corresponding environment.
    • Miami-Dade Community College, Kendall Campus of Miami, FL for its Joy of Natives Demonstration Landscape project. This living laboratory aims to change the way they, as a community, landscape their homes, by teaching youth, homeowners and college students about the beauty and wildlife value of native plants, and how natives can be used in small scale (town home-sized) landscapes.
    • St. Cunegunda School of Detroit, MI for its Chopin-Wagner Garden project which began in 1998. Their goal is to introduce a patch of native landscape to an urban neighborhood that hasn't seen one in nearly 100 years. This is the second SFE grant St Cunegunda has received.
    • Montessori School of Lake Forest, IL for their Wetland and Prairie Restoration project. This project will revitalize one-third acre of wetland and prairie on the schoolgrounds and create an outdoor classroom. It will incorporate these habitats into the curriculum and foster an awareness, appreciation and stewardship of nature.
    • Chance School in Louisville, KY. The purpose of their Goose Creek Meadow project is to establish an area of natural meadowland on school property which will provide outdoor classroom experiences for their students.consistent with the school's philosophy of "learning by doing."
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School of Duluth, MN for their "Bird, Butterfly and Kids Oh My!" project, which is a habitat restoration project designed to increase the amount of native wildlife in an area of the campus. Students at the school will work with graduate students from the Univ of MN Duluth Center for Environmental Educ to research, plan an implement the garden.
    • Farley Hill Elementary School in Pinckney, MI for their on-going Schoolyard Habitat Project-Native Plants.
    • UW-Whitewater in Whitewater, WI toward the establishment of their nature preserve.
    • Heckrodt Wetland Reserve of Menasha, WI for the creation of a "Teaching Prairie."
    • Amery Middle School in Amery, WI for their Prairie and Woodland Gardens project.
    2000 Award Winners
    • Sunnyside Elementary School, Sobieski, WI, to revitalize a three acre prairie on the school grounds, utilize the area for classroom learning experiences for students across all content areas, and to provide the community at large a place to learn about and enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin native plants.
    • Kewaskum Middle School, Kewaskum, WI, to develop a natural setting in front of the school using native grasses and plantings, which will serve as a model for future naturalizations of the school grounds, almost encircled by the north branch of the Milwaukee river.
    • Pleasant View School, Franklin, WI, to begin a one acre prairie restoration and create an outdoor learning center, incorporate the prairie into the curriculum, and foster an awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of nature.
    • St. Peter School, Quincy, IL, for a "living laboratory" of native plants and habitats, and a native plant nursery site and seed bank.
    • Circle of Nations Therapeutic Residential School, Wahpeton, ND, for a native prairie habitat to save a nesting population of bobolinks, and other outdoor classroom areas.
    • Douglas Elementary School, Belleville, IL, to expand the schoolyard wildlife habitat which was begun in 1998.
    • Danz Elementary School, Green Bay, WI, to restore oak opening and northern mesic forest habitat on school grounds, linked to the larger Baird Creek protection corridor.
    • The following organizations received Honorable Mention awards:
    • Eberwhite Elementary School, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Friends of Hawthorn Children's Psychiatric Hospital, St. Louis, MO
    • West Marion Elementary School, Loretto, KY
    • Brookfield East High School, Brookfield, WI
    • North Barrington School, Barrington, IL

      1999 Award Winners

    • The Native Garden at Green Meadow Elementary School, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was begun in May 1998. This spring they'll diversify the woodland area with transplants, complete the native grass garden, plant several trees, and share knowledge via their school's web site.
    • Their primary goal of the St. Leonard School's Prairie Restoration Project in Muskego, Wisconsin, is to help students view their own backyards as small ecosystems that can be designed to restore the land, create biological diversity, conserve natural resources, and reduce pollution caused by traditional lawn care methods. The students have already contributed to the large-scale Big Muskego Lake ecosystem restoration. In this project they'll discover it works in their own yards, too. The wet prairie restoration will serve as a demonstration site designed by eighth grade students.
    • In Detroit, Michigan, the Chopin-Wagner Garden Project is creating a native landscape for an urban vacant lot close to St. Cunegunda Elementary School. The project leader says, "Even though the ideas are preliminary, this new seed in the neighborhood and the school is causing quite a stir of excitement. People are very ready to work for something different in this community."
    • North Barrington Elementary School in Illinois is developing an interactive habitat as part of new school construction. Plans include a 3-acre prairie, a living science woodland courtyard, a pond and wetland, and interpretive trails. The school's projects will also enhance the adjacent natural resource, Barrington Bog.
    • In Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Bay View Middle School is developing a community-based environmental nature trail, winding around and through the large campus. The project will add appropriate native plant groupings, identification markers, Leopold benches, pea-gravel paths, and more.
    • Also in Green Bay, the Forest Glen Elementary School's Wildlife Nature Study and Trail Project is part of a joint long-term project with Bay View Middle School and the school district. A drainage ditch crossing the site will become a small pond and wetland with native plantings, and there will be prairie and woodland areas as well. A goal is to promote "environ-mental" awareness, with an interesting, varied, and aesthetic terrain around the school.
    1997 and 1998 Award Winners

    In spring, 1998, we made awards to six organizations.

    • North Elementary School (Wetland) – Sycamore, IL
    • Plymouth Comprehensive High School (Glacial Prairie) – Plymouth, WI
    • Syble Hopp School (Prairie) – De Pere, WI
    • Green Bay Botanical Garden (Woodland) – Green Bay, WI
    • Arrowhead High School (Prairie and Woodland) – Hartland, WI
    • Butterfield School (Prairie) – Libertyville, IL

    In 1997, we made six grants.

    • Janet Berry School (Prairie) – Appleton, WI
    • Liberty Prairie Conservancy (Stream Bank Restoration) – Libertyville, IL
    • Blossom Home Preschool (Wet Meadow) – Ann Arbor, MI
    • Lincoln School (Prairie) – De Pere, WI
    • Wequiock School (Woodland) – Green Bay, WI
    • Christa McAuliffe School (Observation Module) – Green Bay, Wisconsin

    Information for Schoolyard and Other Youth Projects

    Minnesota's School Nature Area Project works as a partner with schools and communities, using local nature areas to further environmental education and benefit the environment through grants, training, and resource support.

    The Young Entomologists Society has lots of insect and spider information from a kid's viewpoint.

    Paul Opler's butterfly site for kids has a wealth of information.

    Doug Jones has instructions for making paper from bluestem straw, an interesting kid's project.

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