Wild Ones   Seeds for Education 2004 Information  
Dear Friend of Nature:

For years, Wild Ones members and chapters have worked with schools and nature centers to plant and maintain natural landscapes in these centers of learning. In 1996, the Wild Ones Board of Directors started the Lorrie Otto Seeds For Education (SFE) Fund to further foster such projects.

Wild Ones is a non-profit group dedicated to the use of natural landscaping as an ecologically better alternative to traditional landscaping practices. Founded in the late 1970s, Wild Ones has members in 43 states and 5 provinces of Canada and 40 chapters. Wild Ones publishes Wild Ones Journal and its chapters sponsor seminars and field trips, and rescue native plants from destruction because of the development of roads and buildings. Lorrie Otto, the inspirational leader for Wild Ones, is widely acknowledged as the heart and soul of the Natural Landscape Movement. It is a honor to provide these awards in a program that carries her name.

Eligible Applicants

Schools, nature centers and other non-profit places of learning including houses of worship with a site available for this stewardship project may apply for an SFE grant.

Eligible Projects

Project goals should focus on items necessary for enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Projects must emphasize involvement of students and increase the educational value of the site. Creativity in design is encouraged, but must show complete and thoughtful planning. The use of and teaching about native plants is mandatory, and they must be appropriate to the site. The project leader should be knowledgeable and committed.

Examples of appropriate projects are:

  • The design, establishment and maintenance of a native plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland etc. in an educational setting such as an outdoor classroom.
  • Developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities.
  • Developing a wetland area to study the effect of native vegetation on water quality improvement.
  • Group student-teacher research projects aimed at documenting the presence, behaviors, needs and contributions of various forms of wildlife and the impact of native plant species.

Eligible Costs

Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed. A project budget should show how monies are to be spent.


The Wild Ones website provides information and links to related resources from government agencies, universities, and environmental organizations. It also contains information on native plant and seeed nurseries/propagators. Wild Ones may also be reached at (877) FYI-WILD.

Information about the Wild Ones 7 minute video entitled "A Tapestry of Learning" is available from the website as well. Wild Ones produced this video to be used as a promotional tool for the development of school nature areas. A copy of the associated video handout is enclosed. Information on the Wild Ones yard sign can also be obtained from the website.


Successful grant recipients will be required to acknowledge this funding source in project publicity and printed materials produced. Details will be provided in the award letter.

Project Report

Successful grant recipients agree to submit a project report to Wild Ones within one year of the date of the award letter. Students should be involved with development of the report. The report should document the project, and may use scrapbooks, site plans, photographs, art work, etc. Details will be provided in the award letter.

General Instructions

Links to an application form are provided below. Please type and single space your application. Provide all of the information in the order listed. A plant and seed species list using both common and Latin names is required. Submit one copy with numbered letter-size pages only. Do not bind or staple the application. The SFE Judges will be reviewing black and white copies only.

Right-click here to download the application form in WordPerfect® format (42 kb legal-size paper).

Right-click here to download the application form in Adobe® PDF format (12 kb legal-size paper).

The Judges will evaluate the proposals and provide cash awards to as many projects as available funds allow based on the overall rating of all applications. Past cash awards have ranged from $100 to $500. Successful grants are eligible for partnership with SFE native plant nursery partners for discounts on seed, plants, etc. All Project Coordinators will be notified of the status of the awards. The calendar of events is as follows:

Submit completed and signed proposal 15th of November 2002 (postmarked)
Grants reviewed 15th of January 2003
Notification to all applicants 15th of February 2003
Submission of final report from grant recipients 15th of February 2004

I thank you for your interest and if you have any questions, please write me at the address below.

Naturally yours,

Steve Maassen
SFE Director
Wild Ones Natural Landscapers
P. O. Box 1274
Appleton, WI 54912-1274

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