ING Unsung Heroes Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes program helps K-12 educators and their schools fund innovative classroom
projects. At least one award will be granted in each of the fifty states, provided one or more qualified
applications are received from each state. The deadline for applications is in late April.
Write On! Wetlands Challenge
This competition, celebrating American Wetlands Month in May, challenges students to create a book
written and illustrated by kids for kids. Hosted by Environmental Concern Inc, the contest asks
students in grades 6-8 to write a children’s book with a wetland theme. The winning entry will be
illustrated by students in grades k-5 and published by Environmental Concern Inc. The theme in
2009 is The Case of the Wetland Mysteries! All entries must be in the form of a mystery story. The
deadline for entry is in early March.
Earth Partnership for Schools
The Earth Partnership Program, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, focuses on
ecological restoration as a way of establishing a positive relationship between people and the land.
The program assists teachers in establishing restoration projects on school sites and providing the
tools for building a curriculum that incorporates restoration into almost any subject area. The
program includes a two-week institute in the summer and ongoing support from UW-Madison
Arboretum staff to help schools with restoration planning and curriculum development. Check out the
resources under Tools for Teachers.
International Paper Foundation
The Foundation primarily supports environmental education, literacy and critical community needs.
Most environmental education funds are offered to programs that address air and water quality,
involve outdoor activities and forestry education, and are focused on young children.
Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA’s Environmental Education Division, Office of Children’s Health Protection and
Environmental Education, offers funds to projects that build public awareness and the ability to make
informed decisions affecting environmental quality. Applications are due in mid-December.
National Environmental Education Foundation
The Student Conservation Association awards financial prizes to high schools where students have
designed service projects that improve, restore, beautify or conserve their high school environment.
The application deadline is in early October.