The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provides grants for hands-on learning about BC’s biodiversity through our HCTF Education program. These include GO Grants and LEAP Grants

GO (Get Outdoors) Grants

Eligibility: K-12 classes or schools that want to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for students that support inquiry and field investigation skill development.

Type of Activities Funded: Bus transportation, outdoor project materials and field trip leader or program fees. Find out more about field trip eligibility requirements on our education program’s website,

Application Deadlines: February 1st and Sept 1st 2021, 11:59 PM PST.

LEAP (Leadership Environmental Action Projects) Grants

Project-based grants of up to $5000 for BC high schools, specifically, science courses or courses with a focus on environmental learning or career course focused on providing students with opportunities in environmental/conservation sciences.

Type of Activities Funded: Grants can be used for transportation costs, field equipment, field leaders (training or mentoring), teacher-on-call costs, training sessions or workshops for teachers and students in science protocols and practices. Find out more about field trip eligibility requirements on our education program’s website,

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.

Wild Schools

The Wild School grant program is a free, whole-school, three + year initiative for K-8 schools to support environmental teaching and learning and experiences focused on B.C.’s biodiversity. Wild Schools offer professional development, support, and resources for school staff to engage learners through a process of Wondering, Inquiring, Learning, and Doing–being WILD!

Support for School: A WildBC Facilitator(s) will be assigned to your school to help guide your school along in all aspects of the program and support teachers.

Application Deadline: March 31st, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.

Environmental Exchange Box

HCTF Education’s Exchange Box Program is a place-based learning program. Classes are paired up from around the province to explore, learn and share about the biodiversity of their local places and then share their learning with each other through a class to class exchange.

What is an exchange box? The exchange box is a physical box that participating classes will receive when you sign-up in the Environmental Exchange Box Program. What is put into the “exchange box” depends on the creativity of your class but here are some ideas: photos, illustrations, plant rubbings (bark, leaf, stem), poetry, stories, models of things found in nature, videos or presentations, newspaper articles.

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.

For more information about the different grants and resources available to BC educators, please visit

Visit HCTF Education

Education Program Profiles