Grants Received

Students get muddy while making cob for the outdoor classroom benches. This project was funded by the National Geographic Education Foundation Teacher’s Grant.

The Outdoor Learning Gardens (OLG) has received grants and in-kind donations from many generous community members and local businesses. Thanks to all of our donors and sponsors. Here are some of the grants that we have been fortunate to receive:

2007-08 School Year

  • $300 grant from Boskey-Dell Nursery and $100 grant from The Portland Nursery for plants in the butterfly and pollinator gardens
  • Americorps members’ time donation Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • $4000 grant from Southeast Uplift, the umbrella organization for Southeast Portland neighborhood associations for a day-long school and neighborhood community event entitled A Taste of Atkinson on October 6, 2007. It showcased Atkinson’s diverse cultures and the Outdoor Learning Gardens through food, music and art.

2006-07 School Year

  • $1000 Organically Grown Company grant. Money from this grant will be used to finish the Multicultural Garden by providing seeds, seed trays, bricks and stone for paths, and more materials for the tool shed.
  • $5000 Metro Nature in the Neighborhood grant was awarded to teacher Sarah Creswell in spring 2006 and provided funds for plants and tools for the wildlife habitat, outdoor classroom and multicultural garden.
  • $5000 Lowes Home Improvement Center Toolbox for Education grant was awarded to the multicultural garden in spring 2006. Funds were used to purchase tools and materials for the multicultural garden.

2005-06 School year

  • $500 Make A Difference (MAD) grant awarded to teacher Sarah Creswell. This provided funds for students to learn about and participate in all aspects of gardening through a Magic Garden storyline format.
  • PSU Department of Education-PIIECL (Portland International Initiative for Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning) FEED program sponsored substitute teachers so that teachers and parent volunteers could attend a garden-curriculum integration workshop.

2003-06 School years

  • $5000 Oregon Civic Solutions grant awarded to Portland State University Department of Applied Linguistics for Atkinson’s Multicultural Garden and Wildlife Habitat projects. This grant provided funds for construction materials and plants for the MCG, a garden-curriculum integration workshop for teachers, and materials development for making connections between language, culture, and environment.

2004-05 School year

  • The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services funded a downspout disconnection program, playground tree planting, and environmental education programs at Atkinson. Friends of Trees also helped with the tree plantings. In addition, we received a $500 Portland Nursery gift certificate for native plants for the outdoor gardens. The total value of this project was $16,000.

2003-04 School year

  • $5000 National Geographic Education Foundation Teacher’s Grant awarded to Jonathan Steinhoff. This grant provided seed money for the outdoor classroom and provided materials for students to learn about natural building techniques around the world.

Fall 2001