Grant Writing for Environmental Education

Instructor Name: 
Lydia Fisher
Course Description: 

Do you want to help reconnect school age children to the natural environment after a year of lockdown and remote learning?

This Capstone will partner with the Sauvie Island Center ( The mission of the Sauvie Island Center is to “equitably educate elementary school-aged children about food, farming, and the land.”  The center runs place-based farm education trips and events at Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island and creates food systems learning content for grade-school classrooms.  Capstone students in this course will participate in the various aspects of grant writing, including locating appropriate funders and identifying the needs of our community partner, as well as writing and reviewing grant proposals. No previous work with grants or grant writing is needed. The class also involves reading and discussions about environmental and outdoor education, equity in education, and sustainable food systems and farming practices.  Students in this course will develop skills in storytelling to help transform the relationship between humans and their environment. The Capstone project will be a presentation and portfolio of grant proposals addressing the current needs of the Sauvie Island Center. 

This is a hybrid course. Class times are on Mondays/Wednesdays 10:15-12:05. We will meet on Wednesdays in our classroom and Mondays will be used for online project work and at least one visit to the Sauvie Island Center farm site.  Accommodations can be made for students unable to visit the farm site.