The Laura Hare Charitable Trust Environmental Learning Laboratories Program (2008-2012)

There is growing evidence that today’s youth spend more and more time indoors and have become increasingly disconnected from the natural world. Yet there is also significant evidence that outdoor experiences and opportunities to explore natural areas are beneficial for children. The Laura Hare Charitable Trust Environmental Learning Laboratories Program is keenly interested in building capacity for teachers and schools to capitalize on the benefits of outdoor learning labs. This program will award grants to teachers for the development of school ground natural areas and support for science and field equipment for use in the learning spaces. Additional consideration will be given to teachers with outdoor learning labs that need renovation or improvement.

Eligibility for the grant program is limited to teachers and/or schools that have participated in IUPUI's Discovering the Science of the Environment teacher professional development workshops and have undergone training in the design and implementation of outdoor learning laboratories. Successfully funded programs will have a completed action plan that outlines the project’s goals, describes long term use and maintenance, and demonstrates broad support from the school’s community such as administrators, colleagues, parents / guardians, and community partners. Grant applications can be downloaded at the link below.

Grant Applications are no longer being accepted for this program

2012 Recipients

  • Oaklandon Elementary School of Environmental Studies, Indianapolis, IN

2011 Recipients

  • Sidner Academy, Indianapolis, IN

2010 Recipients

  • Brook Park School of Environmental Studies, Lawrence, IN
  • Doe Creek Middle School, New Palestine, IN
  • Oaklandon Elementary School of Environmental Studies, Indianapolis, IN

2009 Recipients

  • Danville Community Schools, Danville, IN
  • Jameson Camp, Indianapolis, IN
  • Lincoln Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
  • Saint Simon School, Indianapolis, IN

2008 Recipients

  • Craig Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
  • Creekside Middle School, Carmel, IN
  • Linton-Stockton School Corporation, Linton, IN