Grant Amount Deadline Description Restriction(s) Weblink
Captain Planet Foundation $500-$2500 September 30 and January 31 Project-based, real environmental outcomes,

hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth, Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities

Promotional items, field trips, staff salaries
Greening STEM Integration Grant for Educators $500-$1000 Early April Grants funds can be used to cover costs associated with delivering programs (e.g., curriculum/materials development, field trips, program supplies, transportation, professional development, etc.), as long as the result of the funding creates lasting impact beyond the single event/use. All applicants must register for National Environmental Education Week
Project Learning Tree Up to $1000 Late September  Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. incorporate service-learning, exemplify student voice, involve at least one community partner, secure at least 50% matched funds (in-kind acceptable), be completed in one year.
Youth Gardening and Environmental Education Grants Varied Varied 50+ Environmental Education Grants


  • A quick and easy to read PDF that highlights key research on why environmental education is important with links to studies at the end of the document.

  • A video produced by the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) of students explaining why they value environmental education.

  • Connecticut outdoor and environmental education association- COEEA serves its members by supporting professional development, providing networking opportunities, and promoting environmental education in Connecticut.

  • CT’s environmental literacy plan that highlights the benefits of environmental education and how it can be achieved.

  • The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a federally supported initiative to get kids outside.

  • “The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent an unprecedented opportunity for the environmental and sustainability education communities. They promise to dramatically change the focus and pedagogy of K-12 science education in the United States. The good news is that the NGSS are strong on environmental content, much stronger than what is being taught now in the vast majority of schools across the nation. It is not a given, however, that the transition to the new standards will occur widely or quickly. Organizations and individuals interested in education about the environment and sustainability issues can help states and school districts that are planning to implement the NGSS. This participation may ultimately influence the degree of penetration of the NGSS, and embedded environmental content, into the nation’s classrooms.”

  • This graphic shows the intersections of NGSS with the CCSS and Math Practices. This is a good way for teachers to see the intersections between the standards, and to brainstorm environmental topics and how different activities exploring those topics hit the standards

  • An article from the State Education and Environment Roundtable, highlighting the importance of Environmental Education. They discuss the necessity to teach about the environment IN CONTEXT (EIC model) and the benefits of such teaching.

  • This website highlights projects for various grade levels that intersect NGSS practices with environmental concepts. It gives a brief summary for each project (what it’s about, grade level) as well as helpful links that go along with the project. 

  • Guiding principles for curriculum development  

  • Project Learning Tree – Why Environmental Education is Important: Discusses six benefits of Environmental Education.  

  • North Carolina Environmental Education Plan.  Making a case for environmental education and presenting 5 goals for the state.  

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental education resources.  

  • Maryland State Department of Education discusses environmental literacy, alignment of environmental literacy standards to NGSS, and teaching resources.  

  • CT State Department of Education NGSS resources webportal.

  • NGSS classroom sample tasks.  

  • Rhode Island Department of  Education Environmental Literacy Plan.