Environmental professional development for teachers and volunteer mentors

Grant Deadlines

Download PDF -> 2017 Environmental Education RFP

The Foundation will give preference to:

  • Projects designed to educate teachers and volunteer mentors about sustainability.
  • Programs that train teachers and volunteer mentors how to develop experiential, outdoor focused, place-based and inquiry-based lessons.
  • Programs that encourage teachers and volunteer mentors to initiate and lead projects promoting sustainability in their schools and communities.
  • Programs that strengthen civic responsibility in communities, especially around issues of environmental sustainability and habitat restoration.

The Foundation will not fund:

  • Programs in which participants spend less than 20 to 80 hours of quality teacher interaction/training.
  • Grants over $40,000.

Recently funded projects:

  • Coos Watershed Association; Charleston, Ore. $7,222 in support of a professional learning program for 35 southwest Oregon educators and mentors seeking to integrate a place-based, service-oriented watershed conservation curriculum into traditional and alternative education programs, particularly those centered around at-risk youth.
  • Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors; Portland, Ore. $12,000 in support of professional development for 28 teachers to learn workshop and classroom modeling techniques for teaching hands-on ecology and art lessons reaching more than 800 elementary students.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium; Newport, Ore. $5,000 toward Marine Outdoor School Training (MOST), in support of a year-long professional learning community for 16 sixth grade teachers seeking to develop and implement extended learning opportunities for students studying marine environments.
  • The Environmental Center; Bend, Ore. $4,810 for the creation of an innovative training program for 20 second through eighth grade teachers seeking to increase their understanding of sustainability and develop experiential techniques for integrating the topic into their curriculum.
  • Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area; Baker City, Ore. $5,430 in support of professional development for educators to explore new curriculum provided by the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program and local resource managers, focused on building understanding and hands-on experience with the issues surrounding native plants and invasive species.

See Grants Calendar for current grant submission dates.