High school teachers in Wisconsin are being encouraged to apply for grants from the Sand County Foundation to boost pollinator habitats.

The competitive grants are available to teachers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with the goal of giving students hands-on experience growing native wildflowers and establishing habitats for animals that help with crop pollination and ecological diversity.

Winners of the grants will receive prairie seeds, seedlings, a webinar and consultation, as well as $1,000 to support expenses connected to the project.

A foundation spokesman said students will grow native plants during the winter and early spring, and manage the outdoor plantings and habitat when the weather warms. He noted the habitats do not necessarily need to be on school grounds.

Applications are due Nov. 19, 2021. Applications can be made at www.sandcountyfoundation.org/SchoolGrants.

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