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School Garden Grants are Back!

Now accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year

For release: September 12, 2017

Ithaca, NY--The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Alaska® Organic Fertilizer are once again teaming up to support school gardens around the United States. BirdSleuth, the Cornell Lab's K-12 education program, is building on last year's successful School Garden Grant Program by distributing $25,000 in grants to 20 schools that create or revitalize a garden that supports local wildlife, healthy living, environmental education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning. Grants range from $500 to $2,000 and will include BirdSleuth's popular Habitat Connections unit as well as gardening supplies from Alaska® Fertilizer.

"We’re so excited to continue supporting schools and their efforts to get kids outside for meaningful hands-on learning," says Jennifer Fee of the Cornell Lab's BirdSleuth program. "Gardens are a great place for students to participate in citizen-science projects, to conduct their own science investigations, and to develop skills and interests that can last a lifetime."

Research shows that students who participate in school gardens and spend time outside are not only happier and healthier but also score significantly higher on science achievement tests. However, many educators struggle to find the necessary funding and support to establish a school garden.

"These types of projects are especially important in urban settings where children are reluctant to work outside and get 'dirty' because they are not exposed to it," says Andrea Hernandez of the Children's Museum of Houston, a past Garden Grant recipient. "The difference it makes when these opportunities are made tremendous. This exposure goes way beyond the project itself once the students start to realize how they can positively affect the environment."

The deadline for submitting grant applications is October 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

For more information on BirdSleuth's Garden Grant program, please visit:
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The 2017 Grants Guide -
How and where to secure funding for ESSA, STEM, EdTech, and Professional Development

Celestron Optics is providing binoculars to classrooms participating in citizen-science projects. Whether you’re watching a bird feeder, going out on regular bird walks, or participating in a bio blitz, share with us how your students are scientists and what you could accomplish with a classroom set of binoculars. This grant will be distributed on a rolling basis until all binoculars have been distributed. Grant recipients will be selected at the end of each month. If you are a mini-grant recipient, you will be required to share your grant experience through the BirdSleuth Action Map. Go to

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