The IDNR Division of Education is working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Illinois Conservation Foundation to expand the Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program. Due to this partnership, DNR is increasing the maximum available funds per Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant application to $1,000. The Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program provides funds to establish or enhance wildlife habitat on the school grounds or other public place and is available to teachers, youth group leaders and nature center personnel. Butterfly gardens, rain gardens, prairie plots and wetlands are just some of the projects that qualify. Visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/grants.htm to access the application form.
The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant program can provide funding for you and your students to visit the natural wonders of our state. Teachers may apply for up to $500 to be applied toward transportation and substitute teacher costs. You’ll find the complete instructions and application form at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/grants.htm.