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. Since 2009, TOEEF has provided $35,439 to 38 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.
The application period for 2018 is now open.
Applications are due May 1, 2018.
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.