With organizational budgets always tight, we would love to hear how the Mini-grant program can help make your project ideas turn into reality. Mini-grant committee members are Becca Franzen, Tracey Koenig, Tom Miller, Debra Nowak (chair), and Elizabeth Waage. The 2018 Mini-grant applications will be available in January 2018 and all NAI Heartland Region members are encouraged to apply.
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.”
2016 Mini-grant Recipients
Forest Preserve District of Will County, Channahon, IL to support the creation of a “River of Trash” stand alone art piece and educational exhibit. The goal of this piece is to connect people to their impact on waterways. It will link three major events at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.
Linn County Conservation Department - Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Toddville, IA to fund the Prehistoric Farming Tools and People of the Land, two interpretive signs that will be located within the Three Sisters Garden mural. The exhibits showcase watersheds, nature exploration and Native American culture.
Story County Conservation, Ames, IL to support the cost of interpretive signage to be permanently installed for their “Planting the Seeds” project. Story County Conservation’s project “Planting the Seeds” involves elementary schools in project-based learning that addresses a pressing conservation issue on a local scale. Students will take ownership of a schoolyard pollinator habitat as they assist in design and planning, grow prairie plants from seed for the garden, and observe the benefits to pollinators.
2015 Mini-grant Poster from Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago IL received a grant to support the construction of animal showcases which will enable zoo interpreters to more directly connect the interpretive content of their ambassador animals to real behaviors the public can observe. Additionally, the showcases allow the animal a more comfortable environment in which to be on display, which is better for that individual’s welfare, and thus aligns with the institution’s mission and core values.