Professional Development

Be a Catalyst for Change…Become a Green Schools National Network Member

The green schools movement is the most critical education reform initiative of our time. Through the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) membership program, you can show your support and become a catalyst for change for green schools everywhere.

GSNN’s membership program is designed for leaders (like you!) who use sustainability to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, or school districts. As a member of the program, you will learn from and be inspired by the people who are transforming schools across the country.

Choose from 5 different levels of membership: Individual, Nonprofit, preK-12 School, School District, or Corporate. Each level comes with its own set of benefits and discounts, some of which include: professional publications, a subscription to Green Teacher Magazine, discounted Green Schools Conference and Expo registration, discounted and free professional development opportunities, networking opportunities, and discounted fees for GSNN school and district coaching.

Visit GSNN’s membership website to learn more and sign up.

2017 Global Education Conference

The Global Education Conference is a free online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world. The eighth annual conference will be held Monday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 16, 2017 (November 17th in some time zones). The entire virtual conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. To attend this year’s conference and to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join this network.

This conference is also accepting proposals for presentations. The deadline to submit a proposal is November 1st. Lean more about the call for proposals here.


Association for Learning Environments LearningSCAPES 2017

LearningSCAPES is the conference for those who plan, design, equip, furnish, and maintain places where students learn. This year’s conference will be held October 26 – 29th at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. Join your colleagues for groundbreaking educational sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future.

Registration is now open! Visit the website to learn more about conference programming, speakers, special events, and travel.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education works with schools and school districts to help them integrate Education for Sustainability (EfS) into their curriculum. Core services include consulting and leadership development (on-site and off-site); professional development and faculty coaching; curriculum design, assessment, mapping, and alignment; and school and community partnerships. The Cloud Institute holds an annual Summer Design Studio that enables educators, administrators, and program designers to learn how to design and embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs.


Community Works Institute

Community Works Institute (CWI) supports and promotes exemplary teaching strategies and practices for K-16 educators and community programs that support students in becoming caring, responsible, and active members of their communities. CWI offers a variety of professional development opportunities for K-16 and community-based educators in the United States and internationally, including on-site training, retreats, coaching, and consulting. Their signature offering is a series of summer institutes that integrate field-tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability to engage K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to sustainable communities. Visit the website to learn more about this and other professional development opportunities.


At EcoRise, we believe in the power of teachers to ignite innovation and the potential of students to design a sustainable future for all. Our school-based program empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Over 350 schools have implemented our full program and 1,800 teachers in 26 countries have accessed our educational materials. Our curriculum, classroom grants, ongoing training, and support engages educators and students in meaningful learning experiences. Our program empowers teachers to confidently champion sustainability and innovation in their classroom, while students cultivate 21st century skills and sustainable living practices.

We offer:

  • Online and in-person professional development, curriculum, and self-paced resources for green industry connections to K–12 educators, STEM educators, and Project-Based Learning teachers.
  • For U.S.-based schools, we award micro grants to student-designed sustainability projects.
  • Our committed partnership with like-minded institutions and corporate supporters to expand reach and impact.

Visit to learn more.

EDspaces 2017

Edspaces is the gathering place for architects, dealers, preK-12 schools, colleges and universities, independent manufacturers representatives, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning. This year’s conference will be held October 25 – 27th in Kansas City, Missouri.

Registration is now open! Check out the website for a conference schedule; a listing of educational sessions, tours, and exhibitors; and hotel and travel information.

EL Education Site Seminar at Evergreen Community Charter School

December 4 – 5, 2017

Asheville, North Carolina

During this 2-day Site Seminar, you will learn how Evergreen Community Charter School uses “The Natural World” design principle to connect core practices in the dimensions of Culture & Character and Curriculum. The seminar will emphasize Evergreen’s integration of environmental education through its learning expeditions, culture and values, use of school-wide initiatives and events, and use of its natural schoolyard environment.

Seminar includes:

  • Classroom visits highlighting EL Education curriculum practices
  • Workshops on designing expeditions with Common Core standards and dimensions of student achievement: Knowledge & Skills, Character, and High Quality Work
  • Focused discussion groups, including aligning EL Education, environmental education, social justice, and Common Core standards
  • Environmental education experiences that inspire ways to create outdoor learning spaces
  • Involvement in Evergreen’s Culture and Character traditions, including Crew and class meetings
  • Workshops on nurturing school culture and on using data, including student self-assessment, to support deeper learning
  • Conversations with parents about parent involvement, volunteerism, and sustaining school culture

Registration per Person

For schools in the EL Education Network: $450 payable to EL Education. Register online at

For schools NOT in the EL Network: $450 payable to Evergreen Community Charter School. Register by emailing

Detailed information on accommodations will be provided upon registration. The seminar includes lunch and snacks daily.

For more information, contact Marin Leroy, Environmental Education Coordinator at Evergreen Community Charter School by phone 828-298-2173 ext. 234 or email

Green Schools Alliance

Green Schools Alliance is an international organization that advances student success and saves schools resources by fostering whole school sustainability. Originally developed as a network created by schools for schools, the Alliance has evolved to provide integrated and organized support to students, school professionals, schools, and districts to foster sustainability work.

Alliance programs are scaled and developed from member ideas to make them more accessible for other member schools. The Alliance conducts work via its international coalition of schools, rooted in the idea that collaboration among schools brings the greatest change for sustainable learning environments and communities. They:

  • promote student success through leadership training, project-based learning, and a support system.
  • inspire school professionals through access to training, resources, and a community of fellow sustainability champions.
  • provide schools with tools to accelerate whole school sustainability efforts through collective purchasing power, access to resources, and reporting and recognition systems.
  • offer districts the programs to leverage high-volume purchasing power, foster collaborative communication, and gather system-wide information on school efforts.

Learn more about upcoming events and training programs.


Green Strides Webinar Series Calendar

The Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities with the tools they need to reduce their schools’ environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. It provides all schools access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award. Sign up for Green Strides Webinar Series email updates to receive information on future webinars.

Green Teacher Webinar Series

Eco-System Monitoring Programs

Presenter: Daniel Shaw

Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST

From climate change to natural disasters: how tiny critters invoke joy and reveal environmental secrets. There are many species of wildlife that school age citizen scientists can monitor. But most scatter when humans are around. By contrast, arthropods – animals with jointed legs and no backbones – are abundant, diverse, and found in all types of habitats. Building on his article in Green Teacher’s Summer 2016 issue, Dan will share the techniques he has used for 20 years to engage students in authentic field-based data collection. He will also explain how to add their findings to the databases of citizen science programs so that students’ work will have meaning beyond their own classrooms.

Telling your Story with Story Maps

Presenter: Joseph Kerski

Monday, October 30th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST

Join geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore the world of multimedia, web-based story maps. Government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private companies, and students and educators of all ages are using story maps to explain their mission; to show the results of their research; to inspire; to call attention to issues such as water quality, land use change, energy, or natural hazards; and for many other purposes. Story maps foster spatial thinking, critical thinking, communication skills, and immersive work with many technologies, including multimedia and web-based maps. Story maps can be embedded in your own web pages and presentations, and can also serve as tools to assess student learning. This webinar will include how story maps can be used in the classroom and in the field, the types that are available, and how they connect to the broader field of geotechnologies. Ways of creating and sharing story maps will be also be shown so that you will feel confident that you and your students can use, create, and share them.

Depaving: A New Way to Change Cities from Grey to Green

Presenter: Alix Taylor

Wednesday, Nov. 15th 2017 7:30-8:30pm EST

There is a new movement afoot in communities across North America. Communities are coming together to remove unwanted pavement and create vibrant green spaces. The hands-on depaving process captures the hearts and energy of volunteers who work together to make schoolyards and neighbourhoods more livable and resilient. In her presentation, Alix will tell us more about the depave movement, and indicate what one needs to get involved in this important greening initiative.

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference – Save the Date!

The 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be held April 26-27, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event convenes stakeholders engaged in farm to cafeteria activities who are working to source local food and promote a culture of food and agricultural literacy across the country. Registration will open in January 2018. Check for updates.

Shelburne Farms 

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. That means learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Its home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.

Shelburne Farms’ school programs staff support both student learning and professional development for educators. The ideas of place and sustainability are at the heart of its work. Shelburne Farms offers a variety of experiences that inspire deep connections to community and a commitment to a healthy future.

Upcoming Programming

ABCs of Farm-Based Education October 2017

October 22 – 24, 2017

Are you looking to build a farm-based education program, or inspire your existing programming? At this workshop, you will fill your toolbox with kid-tested, educator approved activities, as you join a community of peers from around the region. Spend three days in hands-on, discussion and activity-based learning and explore Shelburne Farms’ dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. Experience activities from Shelburne Farms’ publications Project Seasons and Cultivating Joy and Wonder as we discuss ways to engage school groups and farm visitors. In addition to activity sharing and program development, we will discuss tips for creating a safe learning environment and will have ample time for getting to know one another and our respective farm-based education sites. Learn more and register here.

Teach Earth Fellowship from Earthwatch Institute

Teach Earth is built upon the principle that every individual can contribute to a sustainable planet, regardless of scientific background or skill. Each year, Earthwatch Institute selects talented teachers from all subject areas to participate in a 7-14 day immersive learning experience, working side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world. From the edge of the Arctic to the coast of Maine, these teachers collect data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. Teachers have an opportunity to learn the scientific process first hand and help to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Teachers return to the classroom with new perspectives and knowledge, invigorated and inspired to share the experience of real discovery with their students.

Visit Earthwatch’s Institute website to learn more about qualifications and award details and to fill out an interest form. The 2018 Fellowship Application period runs from September 25, 2017 to January 8, 2018.

General Resources

Experiential Tools: Resources for Teaching and Group Facilitation

Experiential Tools was founded by author and educator Jennifer Stanchfield to provide educators with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance learning, increase engagement, build community, facilitate group development, and engage learners in meaningful reflection and dialogue.  Resources offered include consulting, professional development programs, workshops, books, and teaching and facilitation tools. Visit the website for a list of upcoming workshops.

Facing the Future 

Facing the Future is an international program, based out of Western Washington University, creating tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. The curriculum is organized around eight sustainability big ideas:

  • Connecting with Nature
  • Equity and Justice
  • Health and Resiliency
  • Interconnectedness
  • Local to Global
  • Peace and Collaboration
  • Respect for Limits
  • Universal Responsibility

Facing the Future curriculum materials and resources are available for K-12 teachers, teachers in colleges of education, and for some community college and undergraduate classes. All materials are developed for teachers, by teachers, with best teaching and learning practices in mind and are aligned with Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and most state standards frameworks.

Future City Competition

Future City is a project-based learning program where 6th – 8th grade students image, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. The 2017-2018 theme is The Age-Friendly City. Teams will identify an age-related challenge that exits in today’s urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow their future city’s senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be.

Participants complete five deliverables: a virtual city design using SimCity; a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan; and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January 2018. Regional winners represent their region at the Finals in Washington D.C. in February 2018.

Registration for the 2017-2018 competition closes on October 31, 2017. Visit the website to learn more and register your team.

Grades of Green

Grades of Green was founded in 2008 by four California moms who wanted a better world for their children. This nonprofit provides schools with free and easy access to over 40 activities that aim to instill environmental values in students. Activities are broken out into categories, including air, energy, toxins, waste, water, and earth. The organization also has a Youth Corps Eco Leadership Program that mentors 60 selected second through twelfth grade students to become eco-leaders. Participation in the program is free, though students must submit an application to be considered.

Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl Competition

Recycle-Bowl hopes to galvanize recycling in elementary, middle, and high schools across America through a national K-12 recycling competition. By participating, schools have the opportunity to win prizes and receive national recognition. Visit the competition website to learn more about competing, view the official rules, and register your school. Registration ends on October 13th, 2017 at Midnight.

Learning Lab

A product of the U.S. Green Building Council’s The Center for Green Schools, Learning Lab provides K-12 teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum that encourages student leadership, environmental literacy, and real-world action.

Discover best-in-class content, training, and tools. Access their curated catalogue of lesson plans, interactive projects, assessment opportunities, and other multimedia resources in English and Spanish. Lessons are mapped to meet current educational standards and were created by educators, for educators.

Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment: School Chemical Cleanout Campaign Toolkit

Schools using chemicals in their curriculum need to ensure that students, staff, and teachers are safe. This toolkit offers numerous resources on how to conduct an inventory of stored chemicals as well as safely store and dispose of hazardous chemicals; a list of chemicals that should never be purchased; and how to develop a long term chemical safety plan. Additional state resources, videos, state-by-state legal considerations, and helpful forms (e.g., inventory including hazardous chemicals) are also included in the toolkit.

Natural Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer program produces a variety of science education materials for PreK through grade 12. Natural Inquirer products are produced by the Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA), and other cooperators and partners. Their website includes lesson plans, activities, and resources for teachers as well as games, videos, and activities for kids.

Publications include:

Natural Inquirer is a free science education journal written for middle through high school age students. In 1998, Natural Inquirer was created so that scientists could share their research with students. Each article follows the same format as a scientific journal article by including an Introduction, Methods, Findings, and Discussion section. Additionally, each article has a Meet the Scientist section, Thinking About Science section, Thinking About the Environment section, and a FACTivity. The FACTivity is a hands-on activity that reinforces a concept from the article. All articles are correlated to National Education Standards.

Investi-gator is a free science journal written for upper elementary level students. The journal follows the same format as Natural Inquirer just written at a different level.

The Natural Inquirer Reader series was developed to meet the needs of PreK through second grade students. Each Reader focuses on one Forest Service scientist and their research. Readers contain glossaries and activities, and are correlated to National Education Standards.

Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply classroom lessons to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.

Registration is open until November 17, 2017. Students on the national winning team will receive $50,000 scholarships from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Sustainable Tomorrow: A Teacher’s Guidebook for Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula

This guidebook, a project of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ North American Conservation Education Strategy, demonstrates how to use systems concepts and tools to apply systems thinking to environmental education curricula using lessons from Project WILD, Project WET, and Project Learning Tree for grades 9-12.

Farm to School Resources

Center for EcoLiteracy’s Rethinking School Lunch Guide

The Center for EcoLiteracy’s Rethinking School Lunch Guide provides ideas and strategies for changing school meal programs, promoting health, and increasing ecological understanding. The guide draws on the wisdom and knowledge of leading school nutrition experts and practitioners and lessons from successful programs. It is designed to help make the case for change and discover innovative solutions to the challenges of reinventing school food. The guide even includes a section on procurement and how to obtain fresh, seasonal, sustainably grown produce and products from local and regional sources.

Chef Ann Foundation’s School Food Institute

The School Food Institute gives school food service professionals and childhood nutrition advocates the in-depth training, operational skills, and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy, and sustainable. Online courses give you a front row seat in Chef Ann Cooper’s classroom, where you can learn directly from a leader in school food change on how to transition school meal programs to scratch-cooked operations that provide real, healthy food to kids at school every day.

From procurement to finance, recipes to marketing, each course helps make nutritious, fresh, sustainable food a reality. All online courses satisfy U.S. Department of Agriculture professional standards and participants can earn School Food Institute Certification.

ChopChopKids Magazine and Teacher Curriculum

ChopChop Kids, the publisher of ChopChop Magazine, was founded in 2010 to inspire and teach children and families to cook real food together. Through its namesake magazine, ChopChop reaches more than two million families annually. The magazine is available in English and Spanish and offers nutritious, great-tasting, ethnically diverse, and inexpensive recipes, as well as interesting and little-known food facts, Q&As, and games. The magazine is distributed to schools to teach students about food, cooking, nutrition, and health. A complementary curriculum has been developed with classroom activities, printables, and lessons in math, science, ELA, and social studies that are aligned to national standards.

FoodSpan: Teaching the Food System from Farm to Fork

FoodSpan is a free, downloadable high school curriculum that highlights critical issues in the food system; stimulates debate about food system topics related to human health, the environment, equity, and animal welfare; and empowers students to be food citizens. It is aligned to national education standards in science, social studies, health, and family and consumer sciences. This curriculum was developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future as an outgrowth of its work to help build a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient food system.

In Defense of Food Curriculum

The In Defense of Food curriculum is a companion to the PBS documentary In Defense of Food, using activities and film clips to give students tools to think critically about food. Students learn why it is important to eat healthfully, investigate how food companies influence their food choices, and create action plans for changing their eating habits. They become motivated to eat real food, and excited to share what they have learned with their family, friends, and community. The curriculum is designed for middle school after-school programs, and can be adapted for students from age ten through adulthood in a wide range of settings.

The Edible Schoolyard Project

The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share a national edible education curriculum for pre-K through high school. The Project’s website offers an array of curricular resources to empower students of all grade levels with the knowledge and values to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities, and the environment. All lessons are fully integrated into academic subjects and support content standards, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. The website also provides information on training opportunities and programs around the country that are implementing edible education at their schools and in their communities.

The GREEN (Garden Resources, Education, and Environment Nexus) Tool

This research brief describes the background study that led to the conception of the GREEN Tool and highlights how it can be used to strengthen school gardens. The purpose of the study was to examine which components make up a well-integrated garden in New York City schools and to determine how those components work together. This study resulted in the GREEN Tool, comprised of a Map illustrating how and when to operationalize the 19 components needed to establish, integrate, and sustain a school garden, and a Scorecard with questions on a 3-point scale to assess progress on the 19 components. Used together, the Map and Scorecard can help school garden leaders develop and sustain a garden that is well integrated into the school. This brief focuses on the background study and the GREEN Tool Map, and includes policy recommendations based on research findings.

The Lunch Box

A program of the Chef Ann Foundation, the Lunch Box provides school district administrators, food service directors, and their teams with best practices, tools, and resources to help with menu creation, financial management, procurement, marketing, and engagement strategies, all in an effort to ensure every student has access to healthy, nutritious, and delicious food every day. Visit their website for free access to scalable and downloadable recipes, U.S. Department of Agriculture compliant menu cycles, procurement tools, financial calculators, training tools, and more.

National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food! Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and U.S. Territories. This October, get involved and take action to advance farm to school in your community and across the country. Learn more about National Farm to School Month, how you can get involved, and sign the Take Action pledge to win a package of farm to school prizes by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website.

National Farm to School Network

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is an information, advocacy, and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agricultural education into school systems. NFSN has a resource database with hundreds of resources available, including both NFSN publications and resources created by other organizations. These resources are searchable by setting (K-12 schools, On the Farm, etc.) as well as by topic (school gardens, procurement, fundraising, etc.). The Network is also the go-to organization for news about what is current in the farm to school movement, how to get involved at your school, and connecting with state farm to school advocates.

Sea to School: A Guide for School Cafeterias and Classrooms

This guide explores the emerging “sea to school” movement in which K-12 schools are sourcing locally and promoting seafood caught in regional waters. These schools are incorporating locally caught seafood into their meals for a variety of reasons and through a variety of procurement models. This guide covers why schools might choose to source local seafood, the different methods for purchasing local seafood, and innovative strategies for promoting local seafood to students.

Slow Food USA Good, Clean, and Fair School Garden Curriculum

Slow Food USA is currently developing a three part Good, Clean, and Fair School Garden Curriculum. The “Good” Curriculum focuses on enjoying the pleasures of healthy and delicious food; the “Clean” Curriculum teaches gardening for sustainability; and the “Fair” Curriculum (still in development) covers producing food that respects economic and social justice. Together, they provide a full range of activities centered around the garden, including tasting activities, cooking with garden produce, sustainable gardening, studying food systems, and activities that promote access to affordable fresh food. Learn more about Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program and download the “Good” and “Clean” curricula here.

Slow Food USA Youth Farm Stands Toolkit

Slow Food Denver and its partner, Denver Urban Gardens, developed a farm stand model on school grounds using fresh produce from school gardens and local farms. Youth Farm Stands (YFS) provide educational opportunities by reinforcing traditional academics such as math and science and building life skills such as customer service, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship, and supports nutrition education training and community-building.

This toolkit presents the YFS model and how it can be used in a school setting as an educational tool, a way to teach nutrition and healthy eating, and as a community development and inclusivity-building activity. This toolkit draws from nearly 12 years of YFS programming in Denver and the expansion of this program in areas like Washington D.C. The toolkit provides all the steps and procedures to establish a basic YFS in nearly any school or district, with many resources to expand the program to fit the needs of the community.

USDA Farm to School Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School website is a repository of information for schools and farm to school advocates, including fact sheets, videos and webinars, and state and program staff contacts, as well as links to resources for procuring local foods, Farm to Preschool, and Farm to Summer. The website also includes a Farm to School Planning Toolkit that contains tips, examples, insights, and resources for schools, school districts, and community partners looking to start or grow a farm to school program.

USDA Farm to School Census

The Farm to School Census is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve access to local foods in schools. It prioritizes gathering procurement data related to local sourcing, with documentation of additional farm to school activities (e.g., the prevalence of school gardens, promotional activities, and curriculum integration) as a secondary objective. Additionally, the Census asks respondents to identify benefits and challenges to participating in farm to school activities. The 2015 Census questionnaire primarily asked public school districts, private schools, and charter schools about their farm to school activities during the 2013-2014 school year. The website gives a national overview of the results and allows visitors to search by state and school district.


Grants and Awards

Annie’s Grants for Gardens

Annie’s offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens. Since 2008, Annie’s has directly funded almost 400 gardens. The Fall 2017 application period is open from September 13, 2017 to November 11, 2017. Learn more about eligibility requirements, funding, and how to apply on Annie’s website.

Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation’s ecoSolution Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of the organization’s work over the last 25 years. The Foundation has funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling its mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents.

ecoSolution Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. Visit the website to learn more about eligibility and restrictions, and to fill out an application.  The next deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce Grants

The Chef Ann Foundation has teamed up with Skoop, a performance nutrition brand, to launch Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants help schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies and nutrition education. Any district or independent school that participates in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. Grants are determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding. More information about grant requirements and submitting a proposal can be found on their website.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60

Funding opportunities are available to any qualified K‐12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils, and other supporting organizations, this competitive, nationwide funding program provides money— up to $4,000 per year, per school — to jump start healthy changes. Funds are used to help schools implement one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2017‐2018 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.

To apply, schools must:

  • Enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60
  • Have a registered program advisor
  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program

Learn more and download an application from the website. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.

FY18 USDA Farm to School Grants

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. For FY 2018, USDA offers the following grants:

  • Implementation grants are intended to help schools, school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with schools or school districts to scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives. Implementation awards range from $50,000 – $100,000.
  • Planning grants are for schools or school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with schools or school districts that are just getting started on farm to school activities. These funds are intended to help these entities organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by embedding known best practices into early design considerations. Planning awards range from $20,000 – $50,000.
  • Training grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities to support trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains or trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and/or integration of agriculture‐based curriculum. Training awards range from $20,000 – $50,000.

Deadline for application submissions is December 8, 2017.


GetEdFunding is a curated collection of grants and awards created by education professionals for education professionals. Its database was designed to be easy-to-use and reliable, and all grant and funding opportunities are updated daily. Users can search by six criteria, including 43 areas of focus, 8 content areas, and 14 twenty-first century themes and skills, including environmental literacy. Once registered on the site, users can save grants of interest and return to them at any time.

Honeybee Conservancy Sponsor-A-Hive Program

The Honeybee Conservancy’s Sponsor-A-Hive program provides bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States. The program provides honey bees, mason bees, and/or leafcutter bees; their homes; bee keeping equipment; and information on how to care for the bees. Bees are strategically placed in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance science and environmental education, and pollinate locally grown food. Also provided is a Sponsor-A-Hive Teacher’s Kit, which is full of lesson plans and worksheets to teach students more about their bee home. It is designed to build reading and science skills, raise environmental awareness, and empower students to help the bees.

The 2018 application deadline is October 31, 2017.

Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants

The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program is accepting applications from schools for grants that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges, including access to healthy food, air quality, the heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States. Visit the website for requirements, guidelines, and important dates. The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on November 3, 2017.


NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Program 

Shell and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have partnered to recognize outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. The Shell Science Lab Challenge showcases the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities. To be eligible:

  • Applicants may be individual teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6-12, in the United States and Canada, representing their schools.
  • A teacher is limited to one application per year (whether submitting as an individual or team applicant).
  • A school may submit an unlimited number of applications.

The Shell Science Lab Challenge national winners will be honored during a black-tie dinner gala on March 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. The grand prize winner will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.

Applications are due by 11:59PM EST on December 15, 2017 via online submission.

Whole Kids Foundation U.S. School Garden Grants

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation U.S. School Garden Grants program provides $2,000 monetary grants to K-12 schools, or non-profits working with K-12 schools, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Applications are due October 31, 2017 at 5:00pm CST.

Whole Kids Foundation Honey Bee Grant Program

In partnership with The Bee Cause Project, the Honey Bee Grant program allows K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. Three grant options are available:

  • Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program.
  • Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project.
  • Traditional hive: equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit from Bee Thinking.

All equipment grants include a small monetary grant that covers the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project.

To apply for consideration, submit a Letter of Intent by 5pm CST on October 31, 2017. Full applications must be submitted by 5pm CST on November 15, 2017.