Green Jobs workforce promotion project manager — (part-time)

Job Description
The Green Jobs workforce promotion project manager will identify forest industry career training opportunities and career pathways and promote them to young adults (high school, career technical education – CTE, home-schooled, and non-traditional school students) and adults (veterans, new Americans, and reformed Dept. of Corrections residents). Promotion includes presenting forest industry/green job career information in schools to school counselors, educators, and students. Promotion also includes assisting and participating in career field days, and teacher tours, and connecting schools with local businesses and forestland owners willing to host tours and internships. The project manager will work closely with the NHTOA staff and partner organizations and draw from the NH Project Learning Tree’s (NHPLT) Green Jobs curriculum.


The project manager will use feedback from school counselors, educators, students, and the forest industry to identify and create forest industry micro-credential programs (aka “Industry Recognized Credential”). They will also serve as a conduit and clearinghouse for apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and career opportunities to schools and CTE centers.

The project will focus on schools, CTE centers, and non-traditional students in Coös, northern Carroll, and northern Grafton counties, with work in the rest of the state occurring as time permits. Although the position is based out of the NHTOA’s office in Concord, N.H., this position will require statewide travel and working remotely is an option.

The project manager will work closely with the NHTOA, NHPLT, and other collaborators on this project. The project manager will report to the NHTOA Executive Director.

Duties

  • Inventory and catalogue forest industry career training opportunities,
  • Deliver industry/green job career information to school counselors, educators, and students
  • Work with the NHPLT State Coordinator, establish an industry/green job career network to
  • share career training, internship, apprenticeship, work study, and on-the-job training
  • opportunities.
  • Work with industry experts to create Industry Recognized Credential programs.
  • Write articles and take photographs for the NHTOA and the NHPLT print and electronic
  • communications (Timber Crier, Forest Fax, the NHTOA website and other publications).
  • Attend and assist with the organization and operation of Forest Industry Career Field Days
  • and Forest of NH Teacher Tours.
  • Organize and attend social, fund raising, educational, and membership events.
  • Compile necessary grant and state reports.
  • Respond to emails and other inquiries.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Background or knowledge in natural resource management, career counseling, environmental/science education, natural resource education, or program administration. This position requires excellent communication (written and verbal – public speaking a must) and organizational skills.

Must be a self-starter and able to work without supervision and manage own workload.

Compensation
This is a part-time job (1 to 2 days per week).
All travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Pay rate is commensurate with experience $25 – $27/hour

Green Jobs workforce promotion project manager — Job Announcement

The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA), New Hampshire’s forest industry and landowner trade association, is seeking a part-time (1 to 2 days/week) project manager to run a three- year forest products/green jobs workforce development project. This project is a collaborative effort between the NHTOA, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree (NHPLT), UNH Cooperative Extension, and The Conservation Fund (TCF).

The project manager will identify forest industry career training opportunities and career pathways and promote them to young adults (high school, career technical education – CTE, home-schooled, and non- traditional school students) and adults (veterans, new Americans, and reformed Dept. of Corrections residents). They will promote these opportunities in schools with school counselors, educators, and students. They will assist and participate in career field days, and teacher tours, and connect schools with local businesses and forestland owners willing to host tours and internships. The project manager will work closely with the NHTOA staff and partner organizations and draw from the NHPLT Green Jobs curriculum.

Using feedback from school counselors, educators, students and the forest industry, the project manager will identify “Industry Recognized Credential” opportunities. They will also serve as a conduit and clearinghouse for internship, apprenticeship, work study, and on-the-job training opportunities to schools and CTE centers.

We are seeking someone with a background or knowledge in natural resource management, career counseling, environmental/science education, natural resource education, or program administration. This position requires excellent communication (written and verbal – public speaking a must) and organizational skills.

This is a part-time position. The project will focus on schools, CTE centers, and non-traditional students in Coös, northern Carroll, and northern Grafton counties, with work occurring in the rest of the state as time permits. Although the position is based out of the NHTOA’s office in Concord, N.H., this position will require statewide travel and working remotely.

Compensation is $25 – $27/hour and will be commensurate with experience.

A complete job description is available on the NHTOA’s website, www.nhtoa.org. Please send a resume and a letter of interest describing what attracts you to this position and how it would fit into your schedule to: Jasen Stock, NHTOA executive director, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, N.H. 03301, jstock@nhtoa.org. No phone calls, please. The deadline for filing is May 31, 2024.

2024 Forests of NH Teach Tour

This July, NH Project Learning Tree, NH Sustainable Forestry Initiative and NH Timberland Owners Association Present the “2024 Forests of New Hampshire Teacher Tour” A professional development workshop and tour of NH forests and mills.

AMC Cardigan Lodge
774 Shem Valley Rd.
Alexandria, NH 03222
July 23 -26, 2024
1pm 23rd – 11am 26th

Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) nationally acclaimed pre-K through high school environmental education curriculum is the framework for learning more about the importance of New Hampshire’s forests. Tours combine math, science, technology, language arts and social studies with current information about forest practices, up-to-date technology, and careers.

Participants can look forward to connecting with expert natural resource professionals, networking, spending time in and learning about New Hampshire forests and ways to engage students in learning about forest ecosystems and management.

Teachers will experience award winning Project Learning Tree activities with links to the STEM and the NGSS that can be incorporated into the curricula with K-12 students.

Each participant will be certified as a Project Learning Tree teacher and be eligible for certification of 30 contact hours.

NHPLT & NHTOA will cover all expenses except the $200 registration fee which includes shared overnight accommodations, all meals, transportation to and from tour stops, and educational materials to take back to the classroom.

The event begins with a half day Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop. PLT curriculum is incorporated on our tours which will focus on long-term sustainable management of New Hampshire forests. We will visit nearby forest management areas, logging operations, and sawmills, and will have opportunities to discuss field operations and multiple use management considerations with foresters, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource professionals.

Scarinza Is New Project Learning Tree Coordinator

The New Hampshire Project Learning Tree program (NHPLT), run by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA), and co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the N.H. Division of Forest and Lands is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer “Jenn” Scarinza as the new part-time coordinator. As the New Hampshire coordinator, Jenn will deliver the Project Learning Tree (PLT) curriculum, one of the most widely used preK-12 environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, to schools throughout the state. PLT’s award-winning environmental education program is designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth. Specifically, PLT is committed to advancing environmental education, forest literacy, and green career pathways, using trees and forests as windows on the natural world.

Working closely with the NHTOA staff and with partner organizations, Jenn will be responsible for the planning and delivering the PLT curriculum to New Hampshire educators and school administrators. She will also oversee and manage PLT-related educational programs (e.g., Schoolyard Habitat/Outdoor Classroom Program).

“Jenn’s background and professional experience makes her the ideal person for this job” said Wendy Weisiger, chair of the NHPLT board.

Jenn grew up in Loudon, N.H., training oxen and exploring the woods. She earned an A.A. degree from Sterling College in Rural Resource Management, with a concentration on Education and Leadership, and a B.S. from UNH in Adult and Occupational Education. She taught high school students for 21.5 years in a variety of forestry, natural resource, agriculture, and outdoor recreation courses.  A lifelong sugarmaker, she enjoyed making syrup and managing about 75 acres of fields and forests with her (late) husband, John.  Jenn and their 2.5-year-old son, Ethan, live in Randolph, N.H.

“In mid-January the board laid out an aggressive six-month work plan aimed at raising awareness and the profile of the Project Learning Tree curriculum with New Hampshire’s education and forestry community and we are excited to have Jenn taking on this challenge.” Weisiger said.

For more information on Project Learning Tree go to, www.plt.org and to learn more about the NHPLT program and its upcoming plans and programs go to nhplt.org. To contact Jenn directly or discuss how you can incorporate this curriculum in your classroom or volunteer as a facilitator email her at info@nhplt.org

Forests of NH Teacher Tour This Week

This week  the NH Sustainable Forest Initiative Committee, NHTOA and NH Project Learning Tree kicked off the 2023 Forest of NH Teacher Tour in Pittsburgh, NH. It opened with a presentation by Charles Levesque on forest carbon and the role sustainable forestry plays in battling climate change.

17 teachers from across the state are participating in the tour based out of Pittsburgh, NH. Teachers learn about carbon storage in trees, and forest soils.   This year’s teacher tour is made possible with financial support from the NH Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Project Learning Tree, AV Roy Foundation, and Wal-Mart.

2023 Forest of NH Teacher Tour

Building on the success from past several years, NHPLT has partnered with the NH Timberland Owner’s Association and the NH Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s NH State Implementation Committee to provide this 4-day tour highlighting sustainable forestry in NH. 

Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) nationally acclaimed pre-K through high school environmental education curriculum is the framework for learning more about the importance of New Hampshire’s forests.  We will combine math, science, technology, language arts and social studies with current information about forest practices, up-to-date technology, and research into new products. 

This will all take place in the beautiful backdrop of Pittsburgh, NH.  Teachers will be provided relaxing accommodations at Tall Timbers Lodge, meals, and transportation to working forests and mills during the tour.  

The tour will be based at Tall Timbers Lodge in Pittsburgh, NH and run from July 18 through July 21st.  

For more information and registration please visit:  https://www.nhtoa.org/work/2023-forests-of-nh-teacher-tour.html

Apply for the 2022 NH Schoolyard Action Grant

Do you want to connect your students to the outdoors? Do you want to integrate outdoor learning, but need a better space that encourages and fosters curiosity? Are you an educator with a project idea that involves students enhancing their schoolyard for wildlife habitat? The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action is now accepting grant applications from schools with students from preschool through grade twelve to help fund nature-based learning projects.

Schoolyard Action Grant applications are being accepted through January 28, 2022. Technical assistance and Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to the top applications. For more information and a grant application, please visit: https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/education/grants.html.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and New Hampshire Audubon have partnered to support Granite State schools through the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants. This partnership was created to make it easier for educators to apply for a grant to enhance their schoolyards to support nature-based studies. The common grant application works for all four of the partner organizations and greatly simplifies the application process.

Students of all grade levels benefit from learning outdoors. Some examples of projects that have been funded by the partner organizations in the past include the establishment of pollinator gardens, the 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 creation, citizen science activities, and bird feeding or watering stations.

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

Journey to Place and Self Ethnographic

By Molly Badrawy

During winter 2020-21, when the return to school was imminent but uncertain, the principal of our high school forwarded an announcement from the NH Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) inviting teachers to spend 4 days in the White Mountains in July  2021 to learn about environmental and place-based education resources for use across the curriculum.  I jumped at the chance and responded affirmatively, immediately!  As one who loves the outdoors, but who experienced too much time in my COVID triangle (home, school, supermarket), it was a great chance to better understand best practices for getting kids outside,  and also a chance for some solo, soul-searching, and reflection.  When OWP (Ohio Writing Project)  offered a hybrid Placed-Based Writing and Learning that dovetailed with the NHTOA Teacher’s Tour, I knew the experience was meant to be, with one experience complimenting the other. More importantly, I theorized that the experience of finding new strategies for encouraging outdoor learning and writing, along with its mental health bi-product could be extremely beneficial for the millions of US teachers, staff, students, and parents, and for me during our uncertain times.

As the time drew closer, emails were exchanged with NHTOA Program Director, Cheri Birch,  directions were given, and expectations were set. However, to make the experience a special one for me, I strived to imagine a smoother transition from the chatter of home in post-COVID (we hope) Peterborough, New Hampshire, to the open-road, traveling alone to spend time with people I didn’t know, in a beautiful location.  I opted to take the roads less traveled-by (no interstates) without radio or music, and only the soothing voice of Siri, directing me left and right.  The road trip itself was an interesting experience that will be described later in this paper, but first, a little about this professional development experience.

Background

The Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) together with Project Learning Tree (PLT), and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association(NHTOA)  offered their first annual, 4-day, 3-night,  professional development opportunity, “Forests of New Hampshire Teacher Tour” at the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) Joe Dodge Lodge  in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire in the White Mountain National Forest, between Tuesday, July 20th and Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (the 2020 tour was cancelled due to COVID).   Because all of these organizations believe in the power of environmental, place-based education, the coalition brought together 15 teachers from around the state in hopes that they return and share information and resources with other teachers in their districts, and most importantly, with students, themselves. 

During this 4-day stay learning opportunity, teachers would participate in model lessons provided by Project Learning Tree, learn how Forest Carbon might become lucrative, discover what it’s like to take a bath in the forest (Shinrin-yoku), gain an understanding of the research at Bartlett Experimental Forest, see forest and commerce partnerships via Madison Lumber, Nine Dragons Chipping, Randolf Community Forest, and much, much more.

The Road Trip

The American Road Trip is iconic because of the media images we connect it to; The Blues Brothers, Thelma and Louise, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Travels with Charlie, just to name a few. An American Road Trip is undeniably intertwined with our American Westward-Ho-Imminent Domain-DNA.  We’ve just gotta and we wanna.   As one with this DNA, a teacher taking a seminar about how to integrate the natural resources of New Hampshire into my teaching practice, I decided to take the slow route to our destination with no radio and the windows down.  My goal was to enjoy the ride but also to pay attention to what I saw, consider places I might want to stop (or return to at another time), and to observe any patterns arising from one one town to the next. 

According to Siri, the slow route was to have taken about 3 ½ hours without pitstops.  In order to have plenty of time to stop in places that looked interesting,  I uncharacteristically left early, giving myself plenty of padding to wander if I wished.  The first 40 miles of the trip were well-traveled and known miles, however, when I reached the City of Manchester NH, New Hampshire’s most populous city (population 112, 109), instead of bypassing the downtown, I went directly into downtown, passing the repurposed Amoskeag Mills once the thriving heart of industry, past the Catholic Medical Center, and a few, past-impressive buildings.  Next, it was broken, gray pavement, ka-chunk, ka-chunk with faded road markings, people walking around, looking like they weren’t really going anywhere, mom-and-pop stores of every variety with sandwich boards on the curb, and then, nothing but open space. And suddenly, The Dollar General Store!  Obviously, in a state where the largest city is just over 100K, it is a state of small towns, and each one of these small towns has its very own Dollar General Store, even in New Hampshire, hundreds of miles away from its humble roots in Scottsville, Kentucky.

The middle part of New Hampshire is called the Lakes Region , home to Wolfeboro, the oldest resort town in the United States, dating back to 1770 when so-declared by British Governor Wentworth, as well as Squam Lake of On Golden Pond  fame.  The final leg of the trip was heading to The White Mountains, the crown jewel of which is Mt. Washington, the highest mountain on the eastern seaboard, and part of the Appalachian Mountains.  The Whites are a big draw for family vacations, especially for young families.  Our family always took summer trips to the Whites when our kids were little, and like many New Englanders, visiting places like Storyland and  Santa’s Village are rights of passage.  Heading up Route 16 to Pinkham Notch to the Joe Dodd Lodge, taking in the beauty of the mountains around, I promised that I was creating a new tradition for myself.

Finding Meaning, A Whole New World, and Shinrin Yoku

            While the irony of being the first to arrive at the Joe Dodge Lodge for the Teacher Tour will be lost on folks who don’t know me, the irony of not taking the time to stop in Wolfeboro (an interesting, historical spot) was not typical of me.  Being on time was not the issue. In trying to make meaning of my behavior, I reasoned that the purpose of this experience was (of course) to learn something new to take back to my school, to regain that lost wanderlust spirit,  and to remember what it means to be a part of nature, not owning it, but residing in it. 

First, what can I take back to my school?  To begin, I must come clean.  I’ve been wrong about something my whole life.  I’ve heard about the forester profession for years.  It’s kind of a magical sounding profession and I like the idea of it. I imagine someone dressed in green, smiling and greeting animals and rubbing elbows with the trees.  Most of us do.  We like the idea that someone is walking around in the forest for a living, probably employed by a governmental organization to keep an eye on things out there in the wild.  However, I learned that my idea of what a forester does is closer to Ranger Rick, the raccoon forester mascot of the National Wildlife Federation Children’s Magazine. Thanks to NHTOA Director, Cheri Birch’s, program organization, our field-trips to multiple locations across the region unraveled the mystery of carbon storage vs. carbon sequestration, brought us face-to-face with real-life foresters, research scientists, and entrepreneurs making a living from forests, as well as the locations where forest products were used; paper mills, lumberyards, maple sugaring stations.   In addition, Project Learning Tree’s state coordinator, Anjali Longan, provided model interactive lessons (in one, we all got to be parts of a tree) and shared materials and resources all with the goal of educating teachers and youth about forests and the environment.  However, the thing that helped me to reconnect with land that was entirely unexpected was an evening experience seminar given by Plymouth University Professor, Mary Ann McGarry

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Forest bathing?  Do you need a swimsuit?  Actually, forest bathing is the English translation for Shinrin Yoku, a practice not dissimilar to the Sit SPOT (Sensory, Perceptions, Observations, and Tell”).  Shinrin Yoku has experienced mainstream support of the Japanese government as a foil to karoshi (literally, death by overworking), and is now taking hold in the United States for the health benefits associated with the practice.  No bikini needed.

Forest bathing for our group of nine teachers began following an introduction and explanation by Dr. McGarry, who recommended we anoint our wrists with lavender oil just before crossing a bridge (the threshold), after which we were to remain completely silent.  We followed the tambourine-shaking Dr. McGarry, who “dropped-off” each bather at a random location in the forest. To bathe, we were told to spin around and then find something in the forest to hyper-focus on with our sight.  The spin/focus method was repeated to include smell, hearing, and touch, after which we were collected up, and silently crossed the bridge-threshold before reporting out the experience.

Everyone’s experience was different.  One member connected the formation of a group of trees which were positioned perfectly to support an upright stance to a family unit, while another focused on how lightning had impacted the knots in a tree.  For me, the hyperfocus anthropomorphized the forest settings.  I saw the exact-and-opposite leaves on the fern as praying hands, the maple leaf, with its five-points as a human hand, the soft moss as something to sleep on, and the breath I was breathing as a union, as a way to leave no distance between the forest and me.  This experience was simple but with results true and clear.  Finally, rather than seeing a location as an unforgiving backdrop, it finally offered me the opportunity to embrace place.

Conclusions

When I began my professional career, I approached the brave new world of digital and virtual with trepidation, with one foot firmly planted on the analog continent.  My boss knew this about me.  Unprompted, one day he said,

“At first, the computer system will be the hardest, because you make it the hardest, and the dealing with people part will be the easiest.  Eventually, the computer part will be second nature, like driving a car, but the people part of the job will keep you on your toes.”  

The word of the last year, often tearfully received by colleagues and students, has been pivot, the greatest challenge of which has been translating what we do in the classroom to a computer screen, and while we have made enormous leaps unimagined 18 months ago, the biggest problem has been that while we’ve learned how to use multiple platforms in attempts mimic what happened in the classroom, the “old” experience is not entirely replicable, the virtual experience is another animal and we do have to reinvent, like it or not.

The strength of Place-Based Education in this brave new world is that it plays on the environmental maxims of reduce, reuse, recycle, and encourages us to use those underutilized resources that were there all along.  My experiences with Place-Based and environmental education this summer will inform practices that I can bring back to school, the least of which is to encourage healthy, outdoor, multi-modal strategies for learning, as well as for mental and physical health for myself and for my students and colleagues, and with these strategies I am ready to embrace place in a whole new way.

First Forestry Tour for K-12 Educators

by Mary Ann McGarry

The first “Forests of NH Teacher Tour” for educators was rich for many reasons. For many of us, it was the first in-person professional gathering since Covid. Teachers visited an array of different sustainably managed forests by passionate professionals who appreciate their green jobs. We learned about ongoing research regarding silviculture strategies and how mills have become high-tech.  We toured industrial, U.S. experimental, and community forests.  We discussed how the Chinese are acquiring components of the forest industry in New England and how Covid made saw logs more valuable and the need for pulp for paper dropped.

The fifteen educators from different grade levels and disciplines including a special education professional were invited by their principals to attend. The participants received a treasure trove of resources- including articles, maps, magazines, posters and the internationally renowned Project Learning Tree environmental education curriculum, to help incorporate new learning into their classrooms (https://www.plt.org/).  

A suite of primary partners sponsored the program: Sustainable Forestry Initiative, NH Timberland Owners Association, NH Project Learning Tree, and the US Forest Service. Another group of 20 plus professionals, over three days, shared their career paths and showcased their work contributing to NH being the second most forested state in the U.S., 83% (4.74 million acres).1   Thanks to the following- Madison Lumber, RJ Chipping, Wagner Forest Management, Kel-Log, Inc., LandVest, Randolph Community Forest, Bartlett Experimental Forest, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC; Durgin & Crowell Lumber Co., Inc, and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch.

Educational outcomes for participants included learning about the training, educational level, and job satisfaction of all those involved in the forest industry.  Although the majority of the forestry professionals the educators encountered were men, we met women with doctorates involved in ecological research and wildlife conservation.  Lessons focused on timber harvesting strategies, the role forests play in sequestering and storing carbon to combat climate change, the value of prescribed burns, and best management practices to maintain water quality while harvesting. We also had several guests in the field of forestry accompany us at different stages on the trip. Thanks to Malcolm Milne, Durgin & Crowell, Mike Simmons, UNH Thompson School of Applied Sciences, Wendy Weisiger, managing forester, The Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Chris Fife and Mark Rabon, Weyerhauser Co., and Craig Birch, Proctor Hill Forestry & Logging.

Author’s personal note:  A big thanks to Cheri Birch, of the NH Timberland Owners Association who was the lead planner, educator Anjali Longan, who is best described as a spark plug keeping everyone energized and Susan Cox who was a member of the planning team and joined us on our Bartlett Experimental Forest Tour. I learned so much about current activities in NH forests on so many fronts.  I have previously worked as the natural resource educator for the Maine Forest Service in the Department of Conservation and then upon moving to NH, served as the Director of Education for the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, associated with the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.  Most recently, I focused on teaching a forestry course as a faculty member at Plymouth State University for Environmental Science and Policy majors. I included coverage of all the ecosystem services provided by trees, including health benefits, in particular, from practices like Shinrin Yoku, adopted from the Japanese.

The NH Tree Tour was two years in the planning, delayed a year until everyone could be vaccinated, and the wait was worth it!  The intent is to have the tour become an annual event and move around the state to help raise awareness about our state’s vital green economy and the array of jobs related to forests.

Photos below by Kristen K. Hand- one of the educator participants!

Footnotes:

1.Forest Products Industries’ Economic Contributions: New Hampshire 2020

http://www.northeasternforests.org/app/webroot/uploads/files/NH%20Forest%20Products%20Industry%20Report.pdf

2020 Schoolyard Action Grants Awarded Throughout New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH – The Schoolyard Action Grant Team has awarded over $16,000 in small grants to schools throughout the Granite State. The selected institutions are working on outdoor classrooms, habitat areas, and pollinator gardens.

This years’ grant awards support a mix of projects including the Beech Hill School in Hopkinton which will use funding for plantings to create a riparian buffer, Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston which plans to establish a native pollinator habitat area, and Clark Elementary School in Amherst which will utilize funds to create an outdoor classroom which will include a pollinator garden and a bird sanctuary.

“All awardees demonstrated how their outdoor spaces would be used to enhance student learning as well as improve local wildlife habitat. We are excited to work with these schools over the next couple of years and look forward to seeing their end products,” said Ted Kendziora of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Schoolyard Action Grant Partnership Team is made up of members from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the US Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, and New Hampshire Audubon. The partnership combines individual funding which comes from different sources with common focuses including encouraging native plantings, establishing wildlife habitat areas, and encouraging outdoor learning at schools. The team has also placed an emphasis on pollinators, especially the Monarch butterfly. Schools are encouraged to develop milkweed and other wildflower habitat plantings, register their habitats as Monarch waystations, and use the habitats for school citizen- science projects. Funding for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s participation came from a grant awarded by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

Schools will have two years to complete their projects with flexibility included in most timelines to account for the current COVID-19 public health emergency in the state and its effect on Granite State schools.

The schools awarded small grants this year include:

The Beech Hill School, Hopkinton
Blue Heron School at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness
Child Development Center at Keene State College, Keene
Clark Elementary, Amherst
East Derry Memorial Elementary School, Derry
Francestown Elementary School, Francestown
Garrison Elementary School, Dover
Great Brook Middle School, Antrim
Merrimack Valley Middle School, Penacook
Pittsfield School, Pittsfield
Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston
Somersworth Middle School, Somersworth

Source: https://nhfishgame.com/2020/04/08/2020-schoolyard-action-grants-awarded-throughout-new-hampshire/ 

CONTACT:
Lindsay Webb, NH Fish and Game: Lindsay.Webb@wildlife.nh.gov
Ted Kendziora, US Fish and Wildlife Service: Ted_Kendziora@fws.gov