With ever tightening budgets and a growing need to reach our audiences in new and innovative ways, the Heartland Region mini-grant program is here to help you meet your needs. We have just awarded our new cycle of grants and we are very excited to see their finished products. Our 2018 mini grant recipients are:
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve from Menasha, WI for the purchase of microscopes for school environmental education programs.
McHenry County Conservation District from Crystal Lake, IL for the purchase of a discovery table and shelving/storage unit. We also have received the completion reports from the 2017 grant cycle, where Heckrodt Wetland Reserve used their grant funds to help create a unique and innovative way to get moving like the animals do! To learn more about their project, check out this video that they shared on their Facebook.
Mini Grant Cycle Timeline January 1 - Applications Available February 28 - Application Due to Committee Chair March 30 - Mini Grants Awarded April 1 of the following year - Completion Reports Due
2017 Mini-grant Recipient
We are pleased to announce Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha, Wisconsin is the recipient of the 2017 Mini-grant. Monies were used to expand the children’s play area by adding a Youth Adventure Bridge. This foot bridge will connect two play areas together encouraging a fun and educational way of passage while still protecting adjacent habitat from being trampled. The foot bridge will alternate between a regular boardwalk section and an adventure section that correlates with a native critter and their “action.”
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