Outdoor exploration and community field trips for fifth through eighth grades

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Download PDF > 2017 Environmental Education RFP

The Foundation will give preference to:

  • Programs providing student field trips to sites featuring civil infrastructure projects designed to protect our communities and ecosystems.
  • Organizations that create and maintain shared natural areas located in public transportation districts or within biking and walking range of schools.
  • Projects encouraging students, families and communities to learn about and become involved in community gardens, local farms and regional food systems.
  • Projects supporting student involvement and hands-on experience with local environmental stewardship activities.
  • Initiatives to improve school curriculum around land use planning and the history and geography of Oregon.

In addition to the environmental literacy outcome, we also look at projects that bring greater levels of equity, diversity, and inclusion to the program. Therefore, in addition to environmental benefits we will consider the following as factors in our grant evaluation:

  • Projects focused specifically on reducing socioeconomic, geographic and racial inequities in student success among students in fifth through eighth grade.
  • Projects that foster innovative public/private relationships and that serve low-income communities and communities of color.

The Foundation will not fund:

  • Field trips which are overnight in nature (day-trips only; overnight trips must be submitted in our ODS category and be competitive)
  • Costs for students outside of 5th to 8th grade
  • Grants over $40,000

Recently funded projects:

  • Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development; Tangent, Ore. $8,000 for 200 seventh grade students to take three field trips during the school year to visit a demonstration farm.
  • Columbia Slough Watershed Council; Portland, Ore. $10,000 for the Slough School Education Program to provide infrastructure tours, science education and service learning projects for 1,200 fifth through eighth grade low-income students.
  • Gladstone School District No. 115; Gladstone, Ore. $12,750 to send 666 fifth through eighth grade students on field trips to wastewater treatment plants and landfills, renewable energy sites and other places focused on environmental issues. Grant also includes funds for student recycled art projects and participation with SOLVE in restoration efforts at Rinearson Creek.
  • Wallowa Resources; Enterprise, Ore. $5,000 to provide opportunities for 60 fifth through eighth grade students to strengthen their community connections through place-based learning, exploration, play and the arts.
  • White Oak Farm and Education Center; Williams, Ore. $3,500 to provide hands-on outdoor learning experiences for 300 children, teachers and parents in Josephine and Jackson counties studying their local food system and natural environment.
  • Umatilla Basin Watershed Council; Pendleton, Ore. $8,380 for field trips to the Pendleton Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants for underserved sixth through eighth grade students from rural and low-income schools. Funds also support classroom studies focused on watershed environments and the creation of service learning opportunities for students.

See Grants Calendar for current grant submission dates.