NEEF Awards Hands on the Land Mini-Grants

$75,000 in K-12 Environmental Education and STEM Programming Grants Awarded to Fund Environmental Education on Public Lands


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), in collaboration with Partners in Resource Education, announced the 22 recipients of the Hands on the Land (HOL) mini-grants. The grants, totaling $75,000, support high quality field-based environmental education and STEM programming on federal public lands.

Awardees are federal public land management agency partners that are part of the Hands on the Land network and deliver educational programming on federal public lands that aligns with national K-12 education standards.

Hands on the Land is a collaboration of NEEF, five federal agencies, schools, and other private sector partners. The HOL network of field classrooms and its website allow users to share information and learn about their local ecosystems, creative teaching strategies, and more.

Grants, in amounts ranging from $1,300 to $4,000 each, were awarded to the following recipients:

  • Bureau of Land Management: Canyon Country District – Moab, UT,  Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Bureau of Land Management: Cottonwood Field Office – Cottonwood, ID, Wilderness Science Education
  • Bureau of Land Management: Environment for the Americas – Boulder, CO
  • Bureau of Land Management: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument – Kanab, UT, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
  • Bureau of Land Management: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area – Jupiter, FL
  • Bureau of Land Management: King Range National Conservation Area – Whitethorn, CA, Lost Coast Interpretive Association
  • Bureau of Land Management: Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument – Las Cruces, NM, New Mexico State University - STEM Outreach
  • Bureau of Land Management: Pompeys Pillar National Monument – Billings, MT
  • Bureau of Land Management: San Juan Islands – Lopez, WA, San Juan Nature Institute
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service: Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge – Awendaw, SC, Charleston County School District
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service: DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge – Missouri Valley, IA, Friends of Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – Philadelphia, PA, Friends of the Heinz Refuge at Tinicum
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery – King Salmon, AK
  • National Park Service: Aztec Ruins National Monument- Aztec, NM, Friends of Aztec Ruins National Monument/Friends of Chaco
  • National Park Service: Channel Islands National Park – Ojai, CA
  • National Park Service: Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg, TN, Great Smoky Mountains Association
  • National Park Service: North Cascades National Park Service Complex – Sedro-Woolley, WA, Glacier Peak Institute
  • NOAA: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary – Newport News, VA, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • NOAA: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary – Port Angeles, WA, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • NOAA: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary – Alpena, MI, Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • US Forest Service: Discovery Southeast – Juneau, AK
  • US Forest Service: Payette National Forest – Council, ID, Wilderness Science Education (Payette Children's Forest)

This year’s recipients plan to conduct student projects and programs such as planting milkweed to support monarch butterflies, building oyster reefs to support a marine ecosystem, and monitoring changes in climate, plant and animal life. Recipients have one year to complete their proposed projects, which can include professional development or equipment purchases. Funding support for this cycle of HOL grants comes from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NEEF.

Non-HOL members can apply to become an HOL site to be eligible for future HOL grant opportunities and other HOL benefits.

For more information on NEEF’s grant opportunities, visit


About NEEF

NEEF was chartered by Congress in 1990 to partner with the EPA to advance environmental literacy nationwide.  NEEF’s vision is that by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the wellbeing of the earth and its people.  To achieve its vision, NEEF offers science-based, unbiased information through its own communications platforms, as well as a network of trusted professionals and affinity communities that, with their relationships and credibility, amplify environmental messages to national audiences. NEEF also implements environmental education investments in areas that best connect with everyday life: health, weather + climate, and nature where we live, learn, work, and play. Learn more at – or follow NEEF on Facebook & Twitter.

NEEF Contact:

Amanda Hoffman 

About HOL

The Hands on the Land (HOL) network of field classrooms, stretching across America from Alaska to Florida, and its website allow users to share information and learn about their local ecosystems, creative teaching strategies, and more. Sponsored by Partners in Resource Education, HOL is a collaboration of five federal agencies, NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), schools, and other private sector partners. Visit to learn more.