Project HOME: Homes for Wildlife in the
Wildlife Action Grants Program
Teachers and community members interested in involving youth to make a difference for wildlife through habitat projects on schoolyards, public areas or community lands can apply to the Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program for start-up funds.
Program on hold due to budget-related staff reductions. We hope to continue the program. Please check back for updates.
Make a difference for wildlife and experience
learning in the landscape of your schoolyard!
- Meet the critical
needs for wildlife habitat.
- Take action for the environment.
- Create an exciting and diverse outdoor learning
HOME gives you the tools for developing Schoolyard Habitat Projects
and creating an outdoor classroom. Habitat enhancement can be any effort that improves
habitat -- food, water, cover or space -- for wildlife, such as
planting native shrubs, installing nest boxes at a nearby wetland,
creating a butterfly garden or establishing a pond. At the same
time, you are improving habitat for the humans who share the schoolyard.
Project HOME is...
- An interdisciplinary approach to schoolyard
- A New Hampshire-based program with national
and international connections.
- A teacher training opportunity, providing
7.5 hours of staff development credits (including character and
- A network of ongoing support for your school's
- A set of nationally and internationally recognized
and pilot-tested materials, including the award-winning curriculum
guide, Homes for Wildlife.
- A community-building project, emphasizing
learning in the landscape and developing land stewardship.
- Sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game
The training workshop parallels the contents of the curriculum guide.
Participants work through the process of schoolyard habitat enhancement
with discussion, A-V presentation and outdoor activities. Topics
include: mapmaking and inventory techniques, safety issues and logistical
concerns, enhancement projects, and integrating the project with
existing curricula. The program consists of three workshop sessions,
curriculum materials, fundraising ideas and ongoing technical support.
HOME is the recipient of the 2002 Conservation Education Award from
The Wildlife Society, as well as the 1999 Outstanding Environmental
Education Award from the New England Environmental Education Association.
Homes for Wildlife has been honored with an Association for Conservation
Information publication award.
Project HOME costs $400 for 10 or more
participants. This may include classroom teachers, school staff,
parents, community members, and students. The program consists of
three, 2.5-hour training workshops, curriculum materials, fundraising
ideas and ongoing technical support. Assemble a diverse team to
Click here for Project HOME Curriculum Framework Correlations (pdf file 268 KB) to see how Project HOME activities can help your school or class meet state standards.
For more information, contact:
Mary Goodyear, Wildlife Educator
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Concord, NH, 03301