The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. To that end, the program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities.
Whether addressing issues surrounding food deserts, air quality, heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through garden design and implementation. Nature Works Everywhere gardens are designed to connect students to a global challenge — to protect the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air, and energy.
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to projects that create green infrastructure as a way to address local environmental challenges. These may include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Through the program, young people will work as social innovators who help guide their communities through project design and implementation.
To be eligible, a school must be a public or charter elementary, middle, or high school.
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