We want your encourage improving schoolyard habitats and collecting citizen-science data for birds. We’re excited to announce that we’re offering mini-grants to support teachers in their efforts.
These are the two yearly mini-grants we provide. All grants have been distribute for the 2016-2017 school year. Please check back fall 2017 for more grants.
- Are you a Habitat Hero? Pennington Bird and Seed is looking to support schools across the United States who are improving their local habitat. Whether you are creating an outdoor classroom, growing a garden, installing nest boxes, or building bird houses, we want to support your school! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with an average of one winner a month. If you are a mini-grant recipient, you will be required to share your grant experience through the BirdSleuth Action Map. Information on what makes a successful Action Map post can be found below.
- Celestron Optics will be 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 February 2017. If you are a mini-grant recipient, you will be required to share your grant experience through the BirdSleuth Action Map. Information on what makes a successful Action Map post can be found below.
What makes a good action?
We have had over 200 submissions on our Action Map. Here are a few tips to make your actions stand out from the rest:
- Tell us your story: what have you done already to improve your habitat or observe birds?
- Include engaging photos or videos of your students during your project.
- Tell us what you have already accomplished.
- The best submissions are the ones that are inspirational to others!
- Share! Share with your PTA or school on Facebook or Twitter and have them like your submission.
Once your submission is approved, it will appear on our BirdSleuth Action Map.