New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District supports outdoor learning in our area schools. The Outdoor Environmental Learning Center (OELC) Grant Program provides funding of approximately $1000 to help school teachers, administrators, and partner groups purchase equipment and structures to help install or improve an outdoor center at a school. OELCs include but are not limited to pollinator gardens, greenhouse, fruit/vegetable gardens, rain gardens, sitting areas and picnic tables, and compost equipment.
Any K through 12 schools within New Hanover County is eligible to apply. This includes public schools, private schools, and charter schools.