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Environmental Education Grants

To qualify for these grants you must be an educational institute (school or library) and be within the Loon Echo Land Trust service area: Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Sebago or Raymond. The purpose of these grants is to help our future leaders learn more about their natural world. Please see below for application process.

The grant deadline for 2021 has passed. Grants will reopen in November 2021.

Grant Award Range:
$50 – $300

Grant Reporting Required: Submission of a short report form and a “kids’ chronicle” from a student or participant.

Restrictions: Please note that only one program will be funded at each school or library due to the limited amount of funding available.

History

LELT’s Environmental Educational Grant program was developed as a memorial to local teachers, Helen Allen and Polly Bartlett. Helen Allen owned a beautiful hilltop farm on Quaker Ridge in Casco looking out to the western foothills and Mt. Washington. She was one of the first to grant Loon Echo a conservation easement on her 60-acre property so that it would be protected in perpetuity. After her death at the age of 94, Helen Allen’s bequest to Loon Echo allowed LELT to create an endowed environmental education fund to support yearly programs in local schools and libraries.

Polly Bartlett was one of the original Board members of Loon Echo. A teacher at Sebago Elementary School, each year she treated her third graders to a winter walk at Maine Audubon. When she died in 2000 at the age of 48, the Trust created a fund in her memory to ensure that third graders at Sebago Elementary would always take their winter walk.

Kids' Chronicles

Each school or library selects a student or patron to write about their learning experience after attending an environmental education program funded by Loon Echo.

“Mr. Drew told us the tarantula spider does not hurt us. That makes me happy because I was afraid of spiders.” Lily, Sebago Elementary School

“Thank you for giving us a wooded adventure!” Oskar, age 5, Bridgton Public Library

“At the hill, there were three telescopes set up and people shared their powerful binoculars. Seeing the moon and its shadow was great because it was so clear and vivid. We saw Saturn, Venus and more powerful stars, but they weren’t as clear. My group enjoyed using the star finders to locate different constellations. We ended the evening with a trip to get ice cream and talked about what we learned.”     Lisa, Family Star Party at Casco Public Library

In addition to individual grants, Loon Echo provides annual funding for: Winter Audubon Hike at Sebago Elementary School
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We hope these resources and ideas will help you maintain and grow your connection to nature close to home.

1. Spring Scavenger Hunt
Download our spring scavenger hunt.
2. Walk Through History in Bridgton
Take a virtual tour of Bridgton or Pondicherry Park with the Bridgton Historical Society app! It’s free, and iPhone & Android friendly. Search for “Bridgton History” in your favorite app store to get started, or click here for the Apple Store and here for Google Play Store.
3. Pocket Nature Journals
Learn, connect, explore! In partnership with Western Foothills Land Trust and Greater Lovell Land Trust! Download, print, enjoy.
4. Try Geocaching
The world’s largest treasure hunt: an any day, any time adventure. Create an account, and go!
5. Nature Nuggets
Short videos that guide kids (and adults!) on an ecological adventure in their own homes, sparking curiosity about nature in our own lives and getting us all outside more! From our friends at the Ecology School.
7. Virtual Field Trips
Take a trip (virtually) to different landscapes around the world.
8. Make a Backyard Ecosphere
Learn how here.
9. Activities for Families
Free activities geared towards families – Indoor & outdoor
Wild Time Learning – 20 min – 1 hr long activities & videos
6 Outdoor Family Activities to Try During the Pandemic (from the Bangor Daily News)
6. Tree ID
ID the trees you see in your backyard. Use this helpful guide to help you figure out what’s growing near you.

And as always, learn by exploring!

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