School Garden Support Grant Opportunity

Openlands provides schools in our network with hands-on support in developing and maintaining their school garden teams. Schools in our network are schools that we have supported in building school gardens, have participated in, or are currently participating in Birds in My Neighborhood or Space to Grow © spaces. In addition to this support, we also offer schools in our network the opportunity to apply for the Openlands Garden Support Grant to support their existing school garden. We want to assist schools in keeping their gardens activated to be living laboratories for students, and a space for the school to connect with their surrounding community. Schools that are chosen will receive a $1,000 grant to be used to support their school gardens. In addition to the $1,000 grant, schools that are chosen to receive the Openlands Garden Support Grant will also receive the following:

  • Support with Garden Team check-ins
  • Support with garnering community support of the garden, by asset mapping and connecting with community organizations
  • Help with facilitating up to 3 garden sessions with students, parents, and/or community members.
  • A scholarship for someone from your garden team to attend the Openlands TreeKeepers Course.


Your school must be one of the schools that Openlands has supported through the Building School Gardens program or Space to Grow. You can view the list of schools in our network here.

The application for 2022-21 is now closed. Please stay tuned for the grant award cycle application for 2022-23! Sign up for our Garden and Nature Education newsletter for all the latest updates!

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Openlands works across the Chicago metropolitan region to advance nature-based solutions to climate change, improve the health and well-being of communities, and create a more verdant region for all. Learn more about our work and how you can get involved to help make a more verdant, equitable region with Openlands.

Get Involved with Openlands

There are many ways to help protect the nature you love with Openlands. Whether you’re a teacher that wants to teach outside, a government agency that wants to improve your green space or a tree lover who wants to volunteer in their community, there are opportunities to connect with nature where you live.

Volunteering and Events

There are numerous ways to participate and give back to nature around the region!

Land + Water Restoration:

Openlands partners in Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge to restore land recently acquired with McHenry County Conservation District and Friends of Hackmatack.

Openlands Education Events:

Crane Sit at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

Join us for this BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ focused trip, hosted in partnership with Out in Nature

Each fall, Sandhill Cranes pass through our area on their migration south for the winter. Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area is a key rest area for these birds on their journey. At dusk each day, observers can witness between several thousand and tens of thousands of birds landing to rest before continuing south. Unlike a nature hike, we’ll be stationary for most of this event, viewing and listening to Sandhill Cranes and other birds from an observation platform. Learn more about Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area here.

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 1:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

RSVP here

Openlands Forestry Events + Volunteer Opportunities: