WE NHEEd to Get Outside Grant Information

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We NHEEd to Get Outside, Again (and always)!

Since 2018 we've awarded $23,170 that enabled 6,504 students to get outside! This grant is open to NH schools or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to provide students hands-on, experiential, outdoor learning opportunities. These educational experiences can be to a variety of locations (e.g., nature center, museum, state park, conservation area, school grounds, among others) and must include an outdoor, experiential component. These outdoor experiences do not have to be science focused; since environmental education is interdisciplinary by nature, we encourage experiences that engage participants with the environment in creative ways through a range of subjects. We are especially interested in supporting experiences that involve observation and exploration directly “in” nature. Some weight is also given to applicants who plan 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, student entry fees, program fees, or the purchase of equipment for outdoor observation and exploration experiences. We anticipate awarding grants in the range of $200-$2000.

We are now accepting applications to fund outdoor learning experiences taking place in 2023. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2022. Awards will be announced December 15, 2022. Grants are awarded in January. Please click here to apply and 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.

Click here to donate to the We NHEEd to Get Outside program and help make these field trips a reality now and in the future!

Congratulations to the following 2022 grant recipients!

  • Terramor Academy K-5th graders will go on a field trip to Powder Mill Hatchery to pick up trout eggs to raise in the classroom as part of Trout in the Classroom. This experience educates students about the work of NH Fish and Game stocking program and the Eastern Brook trout, our state fish.
  • Stonewall Farm will bring PreK-6th graders to the farm to experience their March Madness program, which includes observing and taking part in the maple sugaring process!
  • Kroka Expeditions will get 1st-12th graders outside exploring geology, ecology and literature through their curriculum integrated day program and will take school groups on 4 -10 day expeditions that may include paddling, hiking, or other outdoor activities through their expedition programs.
  • The Cornucopia Project will provide students in second grade through 12th grade with a hands-on organic-vegetable-farming experience at their student-led educational farm where they harvest, prepare and eat fresh organic produce while they learn about ecosystems, plant-science and organic farming.

Thanks to two anonymous donors, Concord UU Church and silent auction donations, we raised enough money to offer a second grant round in 2022! Below are the grant recipients from the 2022 bonus round:

  •  Newfound Lake Region Association will host 7 free monthly nature stations that engage students of all ages in learning about their environment and their ability to impact local ecosystems by providing an introduction a specific topic and then a task and/or craft that asks participants to explore the Grey Rocks Conservation Area environment.
  • Plymouth Elementary School's sixth graders will explore geology, watersheds, history, and art on this culminating end of year trip to Artist Bluff, Echo Lake and the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site, and tour the New England Ski Museum.
  • Pinkerton Academy's 10th & 11th graders will learn about the ecosystems near their school by using trail cameras and outdoor exploration of those unique ecological areas.
  • Wheelock School's fourth graders will kick off their school year by hiking Pitcher Mountain as a community building activity that also provides students with the opportunity to explore, adventure, and to ignite lifelong excitement for the outdoors.
  • Symonds Elementary School's 4th graders will join a Harris Center naturalist, along the Ashuelot River Trail to look for mammal evidence in spring as part of a unit exploring animal evidence found across seasons and ecosystems.
  • Hollis Primary School's K-3rd will be able to get outside this winter on snowshoes to go off trail into the forest, and find evidence of animal activity including tracks, bark scratchings, squirrel holes, and have new adventures.
  • Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL)'s Youth Safe Haven Afterschool/Summer with Beaver Brook Association program will get 2nd-11th graders outside exploring the multitude of trails and the immense ecology system at Beaver Brook, where they can see a more complete view of the world they live in and understand their impact on this world.
  • Nashua School District's Brentwood Academy students will go on two guided kayak adventures at Lake Massabesic where they can experience the calming impact nature and to get out of their everyday environment.
  • Hampstead School District's 2nd-4th graders will use binoculars, compasses and magnifying glasses to explore their local forest throughout the seasons to expand their environmental literacy skills and promote inquiry and wellness by spending time outdoors.
  • St. Augustin Preschool and Kindergarten students will learn how to best observe, identify, and classify organisms through guided exploration of a tide pool with the Seacoast Science Center.
  • Plymouth Elementary School's 5th graders will end their school year with a trip to Cardigan Mountain Lodge where they learn local ecology and outdoor survival skills.
  • Hillside Middle School's 6th graders will participate in NH Audubon's Peregrine Falcon (PEFA) program where they will make observations, develop hypotheses, and participate in hands-on learning experiences about urban ecology and peregrine falcon life history.
  • Mount Saint Mary Academy's PK-6th graders will build garden beds and then get their hands dirty while exploring the whole scientific process from seed to harvest.

Click here to see descriptions of trips & projects funded over the years.

Add your trip to the list for next year!