Schoolyard Action Partnership

Are you an educator with a project in mind to involve students in enhancing the schoolyard for wildlife habitat, connect students with the outdoors, and integrate nature into student learning in line with the curricula? Grants from the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants are available for schools with students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve to help fund nature-based projects.

The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office, N.H. Project Learning Tree, the N.H. Fish and Game Department, and New Hampshire Audubon. The partnership was created to make it easier for school staff to apply for a grant to enhance the school yard. Now, a common grant application works for all four of the partner organizations and greatly simplifies the application process.

Examples of projects that have been funded by the partner organizations in the past include the establishment of pollinator gardens, creation of outdoor learning areas, installing solar-powered bird baths and replanting of school grounds with native plants that enhance wildlife habitat. Other types of projects eligible for support include trail or pond building, citizen science activities, and water or bird feeding stations.

Projects or items not eligible for funding include vegetable gardens, staff time, field trips, school grounds landscaping, or purchase of educational supplies unless directly related to the project.

Both student and community involvement in planning and on-site work is strongly encouraged. Professional consultation is available for project planning.

Grant Application Details

Grant Period:  Applications are typically due in the end of January.

Eligibility: New Hampshire schools that teach Preschool-12th grade may apply.

Grant Award Amounts: Grant awards range from $1,000 – $5,000.

Application Procedure

Click here to visit the Schoolyard Habitat Grants page on the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department Website for details. 

Research has proven that nature-based learning has a positive impact on student academic and developmental growth. A survey of staff at 100 schools with active schoolyard-based studies had positive impressions about the impact of those studies on student development and performance. A comparative study of schools across the United States found that students who are engaged in learning that uses the natural environment as an integrating context scored 92% higher when compared to students following a traditional approach; scores improved in science, math, language arts, and social studies depending on the focus of their studies. Moreover, learning that involved the student’s local environment and community contributed to pride and ownership in their work, fostering a growing stewardship ethic.