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Discover Nature Schools Grants

Grants to Missouri Schools for Hands-On
Environmental Education Programming

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Missouri Department of Conservation

Deadline Date:

06/01/18 - Applications may be submitted from 06/01/17 through 06/01/18.

Description:

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Grants to Missouri K-12 schools to provide students with hands-on environmental education opportunities. Applicants must contact the appropriate staff member prior to applying. The teaching units available through this program are designed to promote student appreciation and understanding of natural resources and their role in conservation.

Teachers and schools will receive a one-time grant for approved instruction and outdoor classroom materials. Units must be taught (as set forth in the guidelines) to twenty (20) or more students.

Discover Nature Schools funds will be used for exploration equipment, outdoor classroom materials, and transportation for field experiences. Additionally, the Archery Equipment Rebate Opportunity reimburses schools for official MoNASP equipment.

Available Programs:

Grades K-2:

MDC agrees to:
1. Furnish Nature Unfolds, an instructional K-2 science unit. The Nature Unfolds unit consists of a student book, student science notebook, and a teacher guide. The teacher guide features activities suitable for classroom and outdoor learning and meets specified science grade-level expectations for grades K-2.
2. Provide required training (minimum of 6 hours) for all teachers using the Nature Unfolds unit.
3. Provide grant funding for approved instructional and outdoor classroom materials as listed in “Materials Funded by Grant.”
4. Provide grant funding for reimbursement of bus transportation costs for eld experiences directly related to Nature Unfolds. (See “Nature Unfolds Field Experience Guidelines.”)
5. Provide a primary local MDC Conservation Education Consultant contact.

Grades 3-5:

MDC agrees to:
1. Furnish Nature Unleashed, an instructional unit on Missouri’s pond, forest and prairie ecosystems. The Nature Unleashed unit consists of a student book, student science notebook, and a teacher guide. The teacher guide features activities suitable for classroom and outdoor learning and meets specified science grade-level expectations for third through fourth grades but which may be suitable to teach in third through fifth grades.
2. Provide required training (minimum of 6 hours) for all teachers using the Nature Unleashed unit.
3. Provide grant funding for approved instructional and outdoor classroom materials as listed in “Materials Funded by Grant.”
4. Provide grant funding for reimbursement of bus transportation costs for eld experiences directly related to Nature Unleashed. (See “Nature Unleashed Field Experience Guidelines.”)
5. Provide a primary local MDC Conservation Education Consultant contact.

Grades 6-8:

MDC agrees to:
1. Furnish CMAE, an instructional unit on aquatic ecosystems. CMAE consists of a student book, student science notebook, and a teacher guide. The teacher guide features activities suitable for classroom and outdoor learning and meets specified science grade-level expectations for grades six through eight but which may be suitable to teach in fifth through ninth grade.
2. Provide required training (minimum of 6 hours) for all teachers using the CMAE unit.
3. Provide grant funding for approved CMAE aquatic instructional and outdoor classroom materials as listed in “Materials Funded by Grant.”
4. Provide grant funding for reimbursement of bus transportation costs specifically for outdoor aquatic field experiences directly related to CMAE.
5. Provide a primary local MDC Conservation Education Consultant contact.

Grades 9-12:

MDC agrees to:
1. Furnish Nature Unbound, an instructional high school ecology unit. The Nature Unbound unit consists of a student book, student science notebook, and a teacher guide. The teacher guide features activities suitable for classroom and outdoor learning and meets specified science course-level expectations for high school biology classes.
2. Provide required training (minimum of 3 hours) for all teachers using the Nature Unbound unit.
3. Provide grant funding for approved instructional and outdoor classroom materials as listed in “Materials Funded by Grant.”
4. Provide grant funding for reimbursement of bus transportation costs for eld experiences directly related to Lesson 9 in Nature Unbound. (See “Nature Unbound Field Experience Guidelines for Lesson 9.”)
5. Provide a primary local MDC Conservation Education Consultant contact.

Archery Equipment Rebate:

Educators often need help including new activities in their budgets. That’s why MoNASP (via the Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri) offers a rebate opportunity for equipment purchases. Basic Archery Instructor training is required for schools to participate in MoNASP and to qualify for related rebates.

Schools that have participated in MoNASP for five full years may be eligible for maintenance grants through the Archery Equipment Rebate program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141313

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Grades K-2: $500
-Grades 3-5: $1,000
-Grades 6-8: $1,000
-Grades 9-12: $500
-Archery Equipment Rebate: $1,500

Schools that have participated in MoNASP for five full years may be eligible for $500 maintenance grants through the Archery Equipment Rebate program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding will be granted to Missouri schools.

Homeschool groups may receive training and materials but are not eligible for funding for equipment/supplies or field experiences.

Schools in summer school sessions may receive funding for field experiences but are not eligible for funding for equipment/supplies.

Pre-Application Information:

You must contact your local Education Consultant to obtain the grant application.

For more information about the Archery Equipment Rebate, contact your outdoor skills specialist.

Applicants are advised to review the complete guidelines (attached below) for the program and grade level for which they intend to apply.

Applications may be submitted from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018. The grant period begins on date of approval letter.

More information about the Archery Equipment Rebate may be found here:
https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/teaching/education-grants/archery-equipment-rebate

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact your Local Education Consultant:
https://mdc.mo.gov/regional-contacts?county=All

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USA: Missouri