Two local public schools just received funding to support gardens at their school, improving their local environments and providing a local laboratory for environmental-science education. Every year, Nature Works Everywhere provides $2,000 garden grants to schools for green-infrastructure projects that lead to positive environmental outcomes for the students and the community.
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Nature Works Everywhere works with the grantees to engage the students and local volunteers in the project as well as provide curriculum resources to support environmental-science lessons related to the project. By the end of the projects, students should feel empowered to take action for the health of their city.
This year, Pathfinder K8 in Seattle and Evergreen Elementary in Shelton received funding through this program to enhance gardens on their property. This is the first garden grant for Evergreen Elementary, located in Shelton in Mason County. The school will work with an organization called HOPE garden to expand the existing garden to ensure it can be fully utilized for learning — including finishing a pollinator garden bed, installing educational garden signs and more.
Pathfinder K8 is receiving a second garden grant to expand its outdoor learning space and install a pollinator garden. The learning space will increase participation in the garden by providing a dry learning space in the rain. The pollinator garden will be watered with rain water captured by the on-site cistern.