Looking for funding for outdoor learning resources & equipment?

If your classroom, school, school board or organization’s budget doesn’t currently allow you to order outdoor learning equipment, consider these alternative sources of funding:

Your Local Community Foundation
Supports learning needs in your community

Credit Unions
Often will have sponsorship programs available to support schools in this way

Service Clubs
Local Lions, Rotary, Kinsmen and other service clubs will often support schools in this way

Municipalities
Many local governments have grant-in-aid programs that can support this type of purchase

US FUNDING SOURCES

EPA Environmental Education (EE) Grants

Supports environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

The nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, creating opportunities for people to experience and learn about the environment in ways that improve their lives and the health of the planet.

Mini-Grants for Outdoor Learning

Funding can be used for any project that advances outdoor learning in your classroom or school. Most commonly, this funding is used to buy gear and/or supplies needed to support outdoor learning activities.

Illinois Outdoor Learning Mini-Grants

EEAI mini-grants are awarded each year for up to $350 per proposal.  For example, successful proposal might show that a student field trip to learn about the function and value of wetlands will have more of an impact if supplies, field guides, and equipment are purchased and re-used, and the experience is supplemented with classroom curriculum.

Captain Planet Foundation
Captain Planet Foundation™ invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local & global environmental change-makers.

CANADIAN FUNDING SOURCES

Canada’s Forest Trust
Build Forests, Empower Students, & Fundraise for School Initiatives!

LSF Action Project Funding
$500 Grants for Action Projects

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Environmental education and green space programs

Telus Friendly Future Foundation
Funds health, education and technology focused programs for youth in communities across Canada

Learning Outdoors is fun and versatile.

Every season holds tremendous opportunity for outdoor learning.

I am very excited to have access to local outdoor educational resources which also incorporate local Indigenous content. I cannot wait to use the resources with my students and my own children!

Jenna Jasek

Teacher experience guides our product selection at the Outdoor Learning Store

Creating space outside for learning

Simple equipment options make learning outside easy and effective.

  • Comfortable seating

  • Options like clipboards that make standing and walking learning options

  • Equipment that supports place-based learning (like field guides and binoculars)

  • Gear that keeps students and their stuff comfortable and dry