New Hampshire Project Learning Tree Announces Winners of Outdoor Classroom Grants

New Hampshire Project Learning Tree Announces Winners of Outdoor Classroom Grants

Concord, NH – May 19, 2016 – New Hampshire Project Learning Tree is pleased to announce the winners of the Outdoor Classroom Special Fund grants. Each winner will receive a $250 grant to develop or improve outdoor classrooms for their students. These recipients received their checks at the New Hampshire Project Learning Tree Annual Celebration on May 15, 2016.

  • Ledge Street School, Nashua, NH: adding benches to their outdoor classroom gazebo.
  • Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, Hanover, NH: Restoration of Connecticutt River Valley Ecology
  • Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH: Wildlife Garden

New Hampshire Project Learning Tree supports students and educators in projects that make a difference in helping children connect with nature.  The Outdoor Classroom Special Fund was started to honor the leadership of Esther Cowles, Executive Director 1997-2011. NH Project Learning Tree measures success in many ways.  For Esther, one of the best measures was the amount of time kids spent outdoors investigating and improving their local environment. NH Project Learning Tree boosts teachers’ skills and knowledge, builds their confidence about incorporating the natural world into their lessons and motivates them to change the way they teach their students.

Projects must:

  • Have a direct benefit for student learning about the environment.
  • Involve students in planning, implementation and use.
  • Include a plan for long-term sustainability.

Past awardees include:

  • Ledge Street School, Nashua, NH
  • Gilmanton School, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH
  • D.J. Bakie School, Kingston, NH
  • East Andover Village PreSchool, East Andover, NH