WE NHEEd to Get Outside! Funding field trips since 2018.
We NHEEd to Get Outside, Again (and always)!
Since 2018 we've awarded $4,800 that enabled 1,068 students to outside! This grant is provided to NH schools or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to provide students hands-on, experiential, outdoor field trip/learning opportunities. These educational field trips can be to a variety of locations (e.g., nature center, museum, state park, conservation area) and must include an outdoor, experiential component. The field trip does not have to be science focused; since environmental education is interdisciplinary by nature, we encourage trips that engage the environment in creative ways through various subjects. Some weight is also given to applicants who plan a trip in the "off season" (late fall, winter, and early spring), as this provides new and different outdoor experiences and supports environmental education centers around the state at a time when they have fewer visitors. The grant funds can be used to cover transportation costs and/or student entry or program fees when applicable. Given restrictions due to COVID 19 we have expanded what funds can be used for including projects to set up outdoor classrooms, promote outdoor learning on campus, and virtual programs that include a component that encourages children to go outside. Anything that helps get students outdoors will be considered! We anticipate awarding grants in the range of $200-$500.
Applications are due November 20, 2020 to fund field trips taking place anytime during 2021. Awards will be announced by December 15, 2020. Grants are awarded in January. Please check back here or follow us on facebook for updates.
Each year we receive more request than we can award which means there are children who are missing out on an opportunity to get outside. We need more sponsors to continue funding these opportunities. Please click here to contact NHEE if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or have ideas about finding sponsors.
Congratulations to the following 2020 grant recipients!
- The Dublin Consolidated School's K-2nd graders will use the fields and forests at the Harris Center for Conservation Education to discover the relationships between animals and their environment.
- The Cornucopia Project will provide students in second grade through 12th grade with a hands-on organic-vegetable-farming experience on our student-led educational farm.
- Fourth graders from Mt. Pleasant School will visit Miller State Park to hike Pack Monadnock and see first hand some of the history, geography, and state symbols that they learned about in the classroom.
- Effingham Elementary School students will experience a hands-on exploration of geographic features of NH at Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves.
- 2nd graders from the Beech Street School will visit the NH Audubon Massabesic Center for Autumn Adventures to develop an understanding of the changes in the environment and how wildlife & plants adapt.
- Every K-6 student at Harrisville Wells Memorial School will participate in the Forest Canopy Walk field trip at VINS where they will have the opportunity to ascend into the forest canopy, make sensory observations and see the forest from the perspective of canopy dwelling animals.
- Stratford Public School's 5th-8th graders will be hiking to Mizpah Hut, summitting a mountain, spending two nights at Mizpah, and returning to Crawford Notch with A Mountain Classroom.
Add your trip to the list for next year!