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Talahi Community School in St. Cloud received $1,000 to create a native plant area, which will connect a reading garden to the school's nature preserve. 2nd and 3rd graders, along with the St. Cloud Boys and Girls Club, will help care for the garden under the mentorship of the Foster Grandparents Project, local gardeners, and St. Cloud State University science students. Talahi is a STEM school that serves children who have some unique social and economic challenges..

Rochester Community and Technical College received $1,000 to enhance an outdoor learning laboratory that includes native plants, an arboretum, interpretive trail and signage, and a bioswale. Freshman and sophomore students in the Environmental Science program will complete this project to provide a peaceful place where the campus and Rochester community can explore and collaborate. Partners involved with this project include Quarry Hill Nature Center, the Rochester Forestry Department, and RNeighborWoods.


American Indian Magnet School—Create a Medicine Wheel Garden
Students will create a circular garden—the sacred natural shape symbolic of the interconnections of all life. The 4 Sacred Plants of sweetgrass, cedar, tobacco, and sage will be planted in oak barrels placed to represent the for directions (The Grandfathers). A raised bed for the Three Sisters Garden of beans, corn, and squash will be in the center of the circle.

Crosswinds Middle School—Give Back to Nature Challenge
Students will use their 37-acre School Forest to plant seedlings, create community bonfires from fallen branches cut up by P.E. classes, and write poems and short stories to create outreach pieces and PSAs to showcase students' perspectives and how they us their School Forest across the seasons in multiple classes.

Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative—School Garden for Teens & Nursing Home Residents
Students in the New Beginnings Program for pregnant and parenting teens will create a school garden to be shared with the women participating in a supplemental nutrition program and residents of a local nursing home to learn how to grow plants, the nutritional value of produce, and how to prepare meals using vegetables. The overall goals are to teach teen mothers where food comes from, the importance of fresh produce in their diets, and how to instill these practices with young children.



Transitions Program of White Bear Lake—Develop a School Forest
Students will develop a School Forest in cooperation with the Minn. DNR, including creating trails and signage, an outdoor learning lab, and a garden. The school is a special education program for 80 high-need students in grades 7-12.



Wright Technical Center in Buffalo earns PLT grant to create a native pollinator garden. Grade 6-12 students will restore an abandoned parcel of cropland near their school. "The pollinator garden will give students a chance to learn valuable skills while providing a service to the school and local community," said teacher Craig Hagberg.



Crosby-Ironton Community Education
$1,650 Funds will be used:

  • To create a traveling trunk based on “Leave No Trace” principles
  • Implement a long-term system that allows grade 11-12 to peer teach PLT activities to district grade 2 students, as part of a high school service-learning curriculum.
  • Provide Crosby-Ironton teachers with a PLT training
  • Provide Crosby-Ironton high school students with PLT activities to use with 2nd grade students

St. Paul, Minnesota Tree Trust
$3,800 Funds will be used:

  • To launch an outdoor classroom program at Southview Elementary in Apple Valley
  • Implement Tree Trust's "Learning with Trees" program
  • Help mobilize a Green Team of school and community volunteers to create an outdoor classroom.
  • Provide teachers with a PLT training.
  • Award Southview staff with a "Tree Trunk" that contains lesson plans, interactive activities, and materials to use in the outdoor classroom.

Bridgewater Elementary School, Northfield "Kids Who Care"

$250 - $1,000 category

Funds will be used to launch Green Teams of students and adult volunteers who will work with three elementary schools. They will focus on composting as they strengthen their reading, writing, math, and science knowledge and skills.

Phalen Lake Elementary School, St. Paul, "School Tree Planting"

$250 - $1,000 category

Students are helping to prepare the site, and will plant and maintain trees on the now-bare grounds. They will study the trees they plant and involve the community in their activity.



Minnesota Tree Trust, "Learning With Trees"

$250 - $1,000 category

This project will take place at Southview Elementary School in Apple Valley, where students, school personnel, families, and volunteers will form a Green Team to implement an environmental learning program and create an outdoor classroom. Forty teachers will take part in a PLT Workshop to incorporate outdoor learning into the curriculum.

Bena, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, Silver Eagle Nature Trail – John Parmeter
$1,000 - $5,000 category
Funds will be used to complete a nature trail on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Chippewa National Forest. There, K-12 students will be taught Ojibwe traditions and environmental stewardship as they learn to respect the land on the one-mile interpretive trail that will include an integrated native garden and six learning kiosks. Students will learn through their involvement in planting, building, identifying, labeling, and studying the wildlife surrounding them on the nature trail.



Minneapolis, Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center, Naturally Native Arbor Day
$250 – $1,000 category
The entire school community will be invited to attend as elementary students plant six trees native to Minnesota and install interpretive signs.


East Grand Forks Senior High School, Sherlock Habitat Restoration
$250 - $1,000 category
High school students will remove invasive species and revegetate riparian zones in the Red River State Recreational Area, a former residential area wiped out by the 1997 flood. These native plant areas will provide food and shelter for the birds that migrate along the river. High schoolers will plant and maintain these wildlife thickets and survey the animals that use them.



International Falls, Falls Elementary School Tree Planting
$250 – $1,000 category
Native tree species will be planted by students and Boise Cascade Corporation employees to serve as a windbreak and erosion control on the outer boundaries of the new playground area at the school. The trees will be used by many classes as an educational resource.



Lino Lakes, Wargo Nature Center - Interpretive signs for wildlife gardens
To install at several wildlife gardens several interpretive signs that will describe that habitat, its wildlife, and opportunities for the public to recreate that type of habitat in their own backyard.


Other grant awardees around the country

Minnesota GreenWorks! Grant Coordinator
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