Leadership Environmental Action Project (LEAP) grants for BC High Schools
to support student learning and experiences in conservation and stewardship of British Columbia’s biodiversity.
LEAP into conservation with your high school science students through place-based learning projects that focus on monitoring, restoring and or conserving BC’s biodiversity.
LEAP grant criteria:
- LEADERSHIP: Provides students with opportunities to lead a school or community project that stewards BC’s biodiversity and ecosystems.
- ENVIRONMENTAL: Focuses on a BC biodiversity topic or issue and is a place-based action project.
- ACTION: Includes at least three outdoor field experiences in nature that support the project’s inquiry and involves community and conservation professionals (organizations, biologists or other specialists) so that students develop environmental field-skills and are doing real-world science.
- Must be focused on a local conservation concern or issue.
- Outline the goals, methods, rationale, budget and expected outcomes.
- Connect to the curriculum and support inquiry-based learning.
- Water quality, pollution, species distribution, identifying sensitive habitat zones
- Monitoring projects e.g., GLOBE, Bioblitz
- Citizen science programs, e.g., Frogwatch, Freshwater Watch, Wildlife Watch etc.
- Working with a biologist(s), organizations or environmental professionals in restoration
- Monitoring or inventory projects
- For more examples visit the LEAP are int eh Resource Room for case studies of school projects in B
How to Apply:
- Be a B.C. high school teacher with a science, environmental learning and or career course focused on providing students with opportunities in environmental/conservation sciences. This could include specialty science courses as well as other ways of knowing our connections to the natural world.
- Grants up to $5,000 available.
- Apply online by June 15th.
- Applicants will have one full school year to complete the project.
What is eligible for GO Grant funding?
- Transportation costs for field trips.
- Field equipment for project work.
- Field leaders for training sessions or mentoring with projects.
- TOC costs and/or time to support teachers in planning and preparing for projects.
- Training sessions or certification workshops for teachers and students in science protocols or practices e.g., Stream Keepers, Wetland Keepers, etc.
All LEAP Grant Forms and Resources can be found in the Resource Room