FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2010
Grants Still Available To Develop Wild School Sites
May 31 deadline approaches for Project WILD-certified educators to apply for outdoor classroom funding
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio teachers who have successfully used Project WILD in their classrooms can now provide students additional hands-on learning about wildlife and habitat through grants available from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
Grants of $500 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to 40 schools currently participating in Project WILD, a supplemental environmental education curriculum for grades K-12. Project WILD uses wildlife and wildlife management techniques to teach traditional school subjects, such as math, science and language arts. Through this grant program, now in its fourth year, teachers can use the funds for materials, equipment and activities to develop “WILD School Sites" on their campuses.
“A WILD School Site project allows teachers to take lesson plans outdoors, bringing environmental education concepts to life in a real way for students,” said Jen Dennison, wildlife education coordinator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “An added benefit is the improvement of schoolyard habitat for wildlife and people, making for better outdoor learning experiences.”
Grants will be awarded to applicants that best meet the WILD School Site criteria. Criteria includes project feasibility, benefit to students in understanding the needs of wildlife in Ohio, and participation of students, teachers, staff and the local community in developing and maintaining the site.
Funding for the WILD School Site grant program comes from state income tax check-off donations to the Wildlife Diversity Fund and fees generated from the sale of cardinal license plates.
Interested educators should submit an application between now and May 31 to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. G, Columbus, OH 43229. Complete details of the grant program and an application packet can be found at wildohio.com. To learn more about Project WILD or to find an area workshop, please call 1-800-WILDLIFE.