In 1967, Sand County Foundation partnered with a group of private landowners to protect the land surrounding the famous “Shack” property of Aldo Leopold. This cooperative venture led landowners to commit to advancing the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices which benefit both people and the environment. Understandably, their work is based on the conservation ideas introduced by Aldo Leopold in his book A Sand County Almanac and now spills out beyond Minnesota and Wisconsin into the rest of the US.
$1,000 grants and plant materials are now available to Minnesota and Wisconsin high school educators. Application deadline is January 18, 2019.
This grant program lends itself well to hands-on pollinator habitat projects for students. The Sand County Foundation is looking for proposals to have students propagate native forbs in school greenhouses and to transplant them this spring with collaborating private landowners. Sounds like a good project for Future Farmers of America (FFA) instructors.
See complete grant details.
The Sand County Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Earth Partnership, developed a Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide which is available as a download. “The guide provides high school educators with a set of activities appropriate for establishing, managing, and monitoring prairie habitat suitable for monarch butterflies, other insect pollinators and grassland birds. The guide aligns with Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. For more information and to download the guide.”