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Resources Contributed by Into the Woods Participants


Environmental Design Lab by Jeanne Salchli

Curriculum Developed by Participants of Into the Woods


ITW Across the Curriculum from Cohort 1- Spring 2014.pdf


  Phenology and Trees Through the Seasons Activities.pdfPhenology and Trees Through the Seasons Activities.pdf


  Pond Study Activities.pdfPond Study Activities.pdf


  Soil Fertility and Characterization Study Activities.pdfSoil Fertility and Characterization Study Activities.pdf   


  Weather Study Activities.pdfWeather Study Activities.pdf          


  Monarchs Lessons.pdfMonarch Butterfly Study Activities.pdf      


Reading Highlights for Students


"There's a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm's Story," By Gary Larson


Reading Highlights for Teachers

Publications for Educators - Museum of Natural History
"Life in the Leaf Litter" - Museum of Natural History
"The Cloud Book" by Richard Hamblyn
"Water: a Natural History" by Alice Outwater
Citizen Science Programs
Project NOAH - Create or join a mission to explore and document wildlife diversity
FrogWatch USA - Take part in auditory surveys for local frog and toad species
eBird - Survey local bird diversity and abundance and document observations
Hummingbirds Home - Take part in surveys of hummingbirds and document observations
GLOBE - Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment
Journey North - Monitor monarchs, other migratory species, and document observations
The Lost Ladybug Project -Find, collect, and share photographs of ladybug diversity 
Project Squirrel - Assess squirrel habitats, monitor squirrel populations, and share findings​
Water Quality at the Hudson River​ - Monitor and study water quality on the Hudson River

Free Resources

NYC Urban Park Ranger Program: The Natural Classroom

A 1 ½ Visit different ecosystems of New York City with your class. Thirteen distinct programs are available for students in grades K-8 and can be customized to fit specific needs of each group. Contact Peter and Into the Woods will reimburse you for the $50 - $100 program fee. Contact Peter Schmidt for reimbursement. 

Classroom Superhero Kits: Growing a Garden 

Colorful wildflower seed balls, growing medium, and easy curriculum resources - "everythign your classroom needs to grow native wildflowers [...] and to learn about plant life cycles, the importance of common pollinators, food security, and native habitat." Only for teachers with or planning to create a school garden. 


 Grants for Teachers and School Projects




A list of Grants Selected by Into the Woods Participants and Affiliates
$200 or $400 to start, support, or celebrate service campaigns for people, animals, or the environment in your community.
2017 Grant Cycle due March 31st
                                                                                                                    Submitted by Mary Leou
Up to $500 awarded for student projects that foster creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community. 
2017 Grant Cycle Due March 31st 
Submitted by Peter Schmidt
 Up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years to support small teams of teachers to develop and implement groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. 
2017 Grant Cycle accepted January 15 - April 15; closes after 350 submissions.
Submitted by Peter Schmidt 
 Up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years to fund programs that "nuture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households." 
2017 Grant Cycle accepted January 15 - April 15; closes after 350 submissions.
Submitted by Peter Schmidt 
Up to $10,000 awarded for exemplary and innovative programs in school gardening, cleanup, reclamation and beautification, recycling and waste prevention. The Golden Apple Awards have few applicants and are seeking more for this grant cycle.
2017 Grant Cycle Due June, 2017
 Submitted by Into the Woods Participants
​$2,500 and Crayole products valued at $1,000 to support “innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. “Several of you are working hard to rally other teachers to the idea of getting students out of the classroom.  This grant may help. Developing a program of integrating outdoor experiences with required classroom expectations certainly qualifies as a new and creative initiative in your schools.  Explaining what you are doing and giving examples of what you have done and your future plans go a long way to writing this proposal.  That many of you have included drawing into your outdoor related experiences is also a big plus to Crayola.” - Peter Schmidt.  
2017 Grant Cycle Due June 23rd, 2017
 Submitted by Peter Schmidt
Up to $1,000 to schools for "environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world." As a prerequite, teachers must have attended a project learning tree training (either online or in person).
2017 Grant Cycle due Sep. 30th, 2017
Submitted by Peter Schmidt
Up to $500 to educators in support of learning projects.
2017 Grant Cycle Due Sept. 30th, 2017
Submitted by Peter Schmidt
$500 - $2,500 for projects that promote hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools; and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
2017 Grant Cycle due Sep. 30th, 2017
$2,500 for "projects that leverage technology to achieve greater or innovative environmental outcomes.
2017 Grant Deadline March 15th, 2017
$500-$2,500 to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).”
2017 Grants Presently Accepted. Grant Cycle Ends Sept. 30th, 2017.
Curated kits of materials and activities organized into environmental themes (i.e. Renewable energy, water resources, pollination, soil & decomposition.)
Up to $3,000 in support. This program provides schools with strategies for building effective and long-lasting garden-based learning programs. Teachers are provided with hands-on training, curriculum aligned to national standards, lesson kits filled with supplies, a schoolyard garden, fully-equipped garden cooking cart, and strategies for summer garden maintenance.
2018 Grants Accepted July 15th, 2017 through February 20th, 2018
 $500 to 2,500 for hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; to serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools; and to inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
2017 Grant Cycles Due Sep. 30th, 2017
Up to $700 to support community service or civic projects; career-enrichment opportunities; field trips to art, science, and cultural museums; or other activities away from school.
2017 Grant Cycle Due Oct. 1st
Submitted by Peter Schmidt
"Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes. Aimed at supporting projects which encourage parent involvement in local schools and help build community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community, such as a facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up project."   
2017 Grant Cycle due Feb. 9th, 2017
 Submitted by Peter Schmidt
Up to $750 to "support projects aimed at improving K-12 education in meteorology and related sciences."
2017-2018 Grant Cycle to be Announced
            Submitted by Peter Schmidt
$500 - $1,000 for teachers and after-school programs for "projects that support the integration of Greening STEM into current or new programming or curriculum." 
2017 Grant Cycle Due Date to be Announced, Probably April 2017
Up to $500 for projects that involve students in developing and enhancing an appreciation for nature using native plants.
2017 Grant Cycle due Oct. 15th, 2017 
Submitted by Peter Schmidt
$2,000 to support a new or existing edible school garden on school grounds.
2016 Grant Cycle Due Oct. 2017
                                                                                                           Submitted by Peter Schmidt
$2,000 to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.
Future Grant Cycles to be Announced
                                                                                                       Submitted by Peter Schmid
Up to $1,500 to support the development of programs that empower student  involvement in environmental and social problems.
2017 Grant Cycle TBA
                                                                                                         Submitted by Peter Schmidt





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Available Upon Request at Peter Schmidt's Office, Queens Hall - 258A


Publicizing Your Work
If you are working on a citizen science or service-learning project related to Into the Woods, we would like to feature your work. Mail a story about your work with or without photos to​. Thank you! 
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