CHICAGO –Taft Freshman Academy has received an Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Grant to fund a pollinator garden at the school, State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) announced.
“Physical, hands-on learning is one of the best ways to engage children in their education,” Martwick said. “This project will help students learn about natural habitats and ecology by interacting with the many species that call their garden home.”
The Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Conservation Fund to support the development or enhancement of wildlife habitat on school grounds or other public places. Projects funded by these grants are meant to teach children that their actions can make a difference in the world while increasing the use of native plants in Illinois.
Funding for the program is provided through donations to the ICF. More than $329,000 in Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant funding has been distributed since the program’s inception.
Applications for the next round of Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Grants will be open soon, with an application deadline of Nov. 30, 2021. More information on applying for the next round of grants can be found on the IDNR website.