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Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites - OWLS

The OWLS Program provides grants of up to $2,000 to any public or private school for the creation of outdoor learning sites at or near school grounds.  The purpose of the program is to bring children into a learning environment that includes wildlife species as part of their own ecosystem.   OWLS projects are varied and include creating nature trails, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, the creation of wetlands or ponds, planting warm season grasses, as well as creating nest boxes and other habitats for wildlife.  The planning of each project is based on the idea of creating habitat for non-game wildlife.   

Fostering stewardship and awareness, OWLS have the capability of teaching ecology and conservation to children, assisting them in their future roles in an ecologically aware society.  The multidisciplinary approach of the project provides hands on experiences that children may not get elsewhere, enhancing creative learning, as well as community involvement that nurture ecological literacy.   The deadline for submitting OWLS proposals is November 1 of each year. 

Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites (OWLS) Booklet - (PDF format, 229KB)

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