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Schoolyard Habitat Grants Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Chris Young
217-557-1240
Schoolyard Habitat Grants Announced
SPRINGFIELD, IL � The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) today announced that 32 Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants have been awarded from the fall 2014 application period. A total of $26,549.32 will be distributed. 

�We want school children to learn about nature through hands-on experiences,� said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. �It is our goal to have Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program projects developed in every county of the state and eventually at every school.�

The Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program supports the development or enhancement of wildlife habitat on the school grounds or other public place. Funding for this program is provided through donations to the ICF. The Jadel Youth Fund, Evanston, and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, Skokie, are the major sponsors for this program. An agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service�s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides additional funds. More than $189,000 in Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant funding has been distributed since the program�s inception. 

Applications are being accepted now for the November 30, 2015 Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant application deadline. See http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/grants.htm for the application form and related information or call 217-524-4126 or email dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov.

Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant Awards

Champaign County
Carrie Busey School, Savoy. Grade: 4. Project: plant a prairie habitat. Grant Award: $1,000.00.
Fisher Junior/Senior High School, Fisher. Grades: 11-12. Project: plant a prairie habitat. Grant Award: $892.00.
Parkland Child Development Center, Champaign. Grade: prekindergarten. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $403.00.

Coles County
Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Mattoon. Grades: 3-12. Project: plant a woodland habitat. Grant Award: $1,000.00.

Cook County
Brickton Montessori School, Chicago. Grades: kindergarten and 4-6. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $300.00.
Crabtree Nature Preserve, Barrington. Grade: 4. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $586.45.
Girl Scout Troop 60130, Orland Hills. Grade: 8. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $1,000.00.
John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights. Grades: 9-12. Project: plant a prairie habitat. Grant Award: $1,000.00.
Loyola Academy, Wilmette. Grades: 9-12. Project: build and install bird nesting boxes. Grant Award: $550.40.
Sawyer Elementary School, Chicago. Grades: 4-7. Project: plant a woodland habitat. Grant Award: $660.90.
Sawyer Elementary School Environmental Club, Chicago. Grades: 4-8. Project: plant a prairie habitat. Grant Award: $567.58.
St. Cyril and St. Methodius School, Lemont. Grades: prekindergarten and 8. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $1,000.00.
St. Peter Lutheran School, Schaumburg. Grades: prekindergarten-8. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $999.57.
Victor J. Andrew High School, Tinley Park. Grades: 9-12. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $1,000.00.

Du Page County
Elmhurst Academy, Elmhurst. Grades: prekindergarten and kindergarten. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $543.00.

Grundy County
Minooka Community High School District 111, Channahon. Grades: 9-10. Project: plant a prairie habitat. Grant Award: $1,000.00.
Minooka Intermediate School, Minooka. Grades: 5-6. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $927.85.

Jackson County
General John A. Logan Attendance Center, Murphysboro. Grades: kindergarten-5. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $853.90.
Trico Elementary School, Campbell Hill. Grades: 4-5. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $622.70.

Jersey County
Journeys School, Jerseyville. Grades: 6-12. Project: expand a pollinator garden. Grant Award: $998.42.

Kendall County
Plano High School, Plano. Grade: 11. Project: plant a rain garden and bioswale. Grant Award: $982.10.
Plano Middle School, Plano. Grades: 7-8. Project: plant a bird and pollinator habitat. Grant Award: $999.50.

Lake County
Prairie Crossing Charter School, Grayslake. Grades: 1-2. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $999.00.

Peoria County
Dunlap Grade School, Dunlap. Grades: kindergarten-5. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $500.00.
Peoria Regional Learning Center, Hanna City. Grades: 9-12. Project: plant a prairie habitat. Grant Award: $1,000.00.

Randolph County
St. John the Baptist School, Red Bud. Grades: kindergarten-8. Project: plant a butterfly garden. Grant Award: $498.50.
Steeleville High School, Steeleville. Grades: kindergarten-3 and 9-12. Project: plant a native plant habitat. Grant Award: $750.00.

Sangamon County
Glenwood Elementary School, Chatham. Grades: 1 and 4. Project: expand an existing rain garden. Grant Award: $941.75.
Rochester Intermediate School, Rochester. Grades: 4-6. Project: plant prairie and wetland habitats; build and install bird nesting boxes. Grant Award: $1,000.00.

Will County
Bolingbrook High School, Bolingbrook. Grades: 9-12. Project: restore a prairie habitat. Grant Award: $1,000.00.

Williamson County
Malone�s Early Learning Center, Carterville. Grade: prekindergarten. Project: expand a native habitat in the outdoor classroom. Grant Award: $998.70.

Winnebago County
Pecatonica High School, Pecatonica. Grades: 9-12. Project: plant a pollinator garden and rain garden. Grant Award: $974.00.
 
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