Group to offer funding for outdoor classrooms

WOODSTOCK – The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee of McHenry County invites McHenry County schools to apply for an Outdoor Classroom Grant.

The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting native species in the landscape through preservation, propagation and education.

The group had a successful year with the Outdoor Classroom program and would like to continue its mission to “Leave No Child Inside.”

The grant may provide a school with up to 400 native plants for the purpose of creating an “Outdoor Classroom,” created by and for the students.

Although the group does not provide labor, its native plant experts are available to provide assistance with the planning and implementation of native classroom gardens. The group’s members are experienced in gardening skills, restoration and native plant lore.

Criteria for the classroom grant submission is available on the group’s websitem www.thewppc.org/education.html.

Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by Jan. 9.

All applicants will be notified around the first part of February. Selected applicants will be able to pick up their order about the first week in May.

Runners-up will be eligible to receive surplus plants from the group’s annual Native Plant Sale, planned for May 6 at McHenry County College.

For information, visit www.thewppc.org or call Nancy at 815-455-9462.

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