Cornell Lab: School garden grants available

ITHACA, NY — The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Alaska Organic Fertilizer are once again teaming up to support school gardens.

BirdSleuth, the Cornell Lab’s K-12 education program, is building on last year’s successful School Garden Grant Program by distributing $25,000 in grants to 20 schools that create or revitalize a garden that supports local wildlife, healthy living, environmental education, and science, technology, engineering and math learning.

Grants range from $500 to $2,000 and will include BirdSleuth’s popular Habitat Connections unit as well as gardening supplies from Alaska Fertilizer.

Research shows that students who participate in school gardens and spend time outside are not only happier and healthier but also score significantly higher on science achievement tests.

“We’re so excited to continue supporting schools and their efforts to get kids outside for meaningful hands-on learning,” said Jennifer Fee, of the Cornell Lab’s BirdSleuth program. “Gardens are a great place for students to participate in citizen-science projects, to conduct their own science investigations, and to develop skills and interests that can last a lifetime.”

The deadline for submitting grant applications is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 8. For more information, visit