Photo: “The Secret Butterfly Garden”, Seeds for Education awardee – Graham Elementary and Middle Schools, Columbus, OH
Since 1997, the Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education grant program has been connecting thousands of children with nature from preschool to high school. Garden projects need to be learner-based, hands-on and incorporate ecological concepts. Children must be involved in the planning of the project as well as the planting and maintenance.
This year, Wild Ones awarded a total of 10 grants to schools, churches and other nonprofits across the country. Look for the Seeds for Education application on wildones.org starting mid July if interested in a grant for your organization. Children K – 12 must be involved in the planning to the execution of the garden.
To date, 253 Wild Ones Seeds for Educations grants have funded native plants and seeds for hands-on outdoor learning sites for preschool-12th graders.
Doug Tallamy, PhD, Wild Ones Lifetime Honorary Director, shares his perspective on “The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden”. An impactful presentation on the value of biodiverse neighborhood corridors.
Doug Tallamy is a professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. He is a recognized environmental speaker and award-winning author of “Bringing Nature Home”. Tallamy speaks nationwide about his concerns that the approach to gardening must change. He contends the widespread planting of ornamental plants, native to other parts of the world, is creating ecosystem-wide problems.
Fort Hood, a military training installation in Texas, has partnered with Monarch Joint Venture in pursuit of their Monarch Mission! Monarchs pass through the over 200,000 acre training base during fall and spring migrations.
The AIM (Adaptive and Integrative Management) team is enacting the Fort Hood Monarch Mission, a conservation plan that focuses on research and monitoring, education and outreach, partnerships, and habitat conservation and restoration.
In the last two years, AIM installed a pollinator garden surrounded by nature trails for environmental education and conducted research to identify best management practices. In 2017, they initiated a robust monarch tagging program.
The Member Garden articles have become one of the most read parts of the Journal. Loris Damerow, a Fox Valley Area Chapter member, was featured in the 2019 online Winter Journal. Loris was dealing with a unique situation when the side retaining wall of her property collapsed as state workers were removing an adjacent bridge. Read about Loris’ journey as she turns lemons into lemonade and creates a personal sanctuary and habitat for pollinators and wildlife. “Designing a habitat is not like designing your living room. It’s not just about color or shape; it should serve an ecological function.” – Loris Damerow
Your generous support will enable Wild Ones to continue mission critical programs like Seeds for Education, native plant symposiums, and local monthly open-to-the-public educational presentations. Thank You.