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Spring 2016 Educators Newsletter


A Word from Jeanette

Register Today for Spring Programs


 Bunker Interpretive Center

Walking trails are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.

Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) hours

Academic year:
M–F  9 a.m.–5 p.m.

M–F  8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Closed weekends and holidays.
Admission to the trails and BIC is free.

1750 East Beltline Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 526-7600

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A Word from Jeanette

Dear Educators,

We are in the process of changing providers for our e-newsletter, so we will keep this issue brief.  Given the overwhelming response to the information we forwarded regarding the Wheels to Woods! bus grant, I am sharing more grant resources with you in this issue of our newsletter.

Seeds for Education - The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning in the United States, including houses of worship, with a site available for a stewardship project.

WAM/Glassen Educational Grant Program - The Wildflower Association of Michigan, in partnership with the Harold & Jean Glassen Foundation, awards grants annually to fund projects involving the creation of an outdoor classroom, the enhancing of an existing site, or other educationally directed projects that support the WAM mission.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education - Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation offers up to $5,000 in funding to public K-12 schools for indoor and outdoor facility enhancements and landscaping, during their two grant cycles occurring in spring & fall.

You'll also find many other grant resources on the school funding board of our Pinterest page.

Jeanette M. Henderson
Program Manager

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Register Today for Spring Programs

Spring program topics for Pre-K to 6th grade include: Sensory Adventures, Amazing Animals, Wildflowers in the Spring, and Beech Maple Forest Exploration. These programs provide information about our local ecosystem and the flora and fauna of West Michigan, encourage stewardship, and help students develop a sense of place.

Spring programs run from April 18–May 13. Programs are 90 minutes in length, and cost $3 per student. Currently, National Heritage Academy schools are eligible to attend our programs free of charge, thanks to a funding grant.

For more information visit our website, or contact Julie Wilbourn to register your class. To register, we will need your name and school, desired program topic, grade level, number of students and adults, preferred dates/times, and the best way to contact you.

Like our programs?  Forward this e-mail to your fellow educators!  Thank you for spreading the word that exploring science in nature is a powerful learning experience.

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