Youth Gardening Grants & Education

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum has helped over 200 schools use their landscapes as an outdoor classroom. Their web site,, offers teachers, school administrators and parents, create, design, maintain and utilize an outdoor space for educational purposes.

  • Captain Planet- Supports environmental activities for young people and have funded gardening projects at many schools across the country for $200 - $2500.
  • EPA Environmental Education Grants
  • ING Unsung Heros- Each year 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund innovative class projects. Three Unsun Heros receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
  • National Gardening Association Youth Grants- Grants for school and youth gardens. Several grant categories are available and winning one grand does not disqualify you from winning another so please apply to all that are approprite for your program.
Youth Activities
Classroom Hydroponics


Local Conditions

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Dry conditions persist in Nebraska.  Stay informed on current conditions, and public water utilities restricting water use. Visit UNL Drought Resources.


"The Sunflower Project"

Interdisciplinary Curriculum for grades 8-12 has 10 projects tied to state standards in science, social science, reading/writing/speaking and environmental studies.
Arts Curriculum for grades K-12 has 22 projects using a wide variety of art forms.

The Sunflower Project

Monarch Watch

Monarchs need our help!  Get involved in monarch conservation by creating a Monarch Waystation.  Dedicated to education, conservation and research.  From the Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas.