The Teachers’ Outdoor Environmental Education Fund (TOEEF) was established by Pete Ostlind in memory of his wife, Sue Spaeth, a Wisconsin native and elementary school teacher. Additional support for the Teachers’ Outdoor Fund is provided by the Caerus Foundation, Chabot Family Foundation, and future bequests from Natural Resources Foundation members. Since 2009, TOEEF has provided $30,532 to 36 different school projects across Wisconsin.
Grants are awarded annually to public school teachers (K-12) for outdoor environmental education projects. Grants are typically limited to a maximum of $1,000.
Proposals are now being accepted through May 1, 2017
Need an idea? Consider one of these fun and meaningful school projects.
– Restoring native plants and removing invasive species at school forests
– Planting butterfly gardens to learn about native plants and pollinators
– Learning how to use GPS and geocaching
– Forestry management
– Overnight outdoor education camps
– Infrastructure improvements to school forests or wetlands to improve student access
– Monitoring stream water quality with students
– Conducting citizen science projects such as frog and toad monitoring
– Teaching students about local bird species and habitat on a birding trip, or participating in our Great Wisconsin Birdathon.
Congratulations to our 2016 Teachers’ Outdoor Environmental Education Fund recipients.