February 21, 2017

The Nature Conservancy Awards Grants to Schools Through Nature Works Everywhere Program

Students planting trees

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with Lowe’s, has selected 53 urban schools to receive Nature Works Everywhere grants for the 2016-17 school year. The grants are designed to connect students to a global challenge, to understand and protect the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air and energy.

The grants give students the opportunity to make an individual impact by improving their local environment through projects that incorporate natural solutions to urban environmental challenges on school campuses. The recipient projects are designed to achieve positive environmental outcomes related to issues like lack of green space, lack of access to healthy food, or air and water pollution, allowing students to directly implement natural solutions that will help to address environmental challenges facing their communities.

“For our planet to prosper in the future, we need to ensure that we’re empowering young conservationists today,” said Pascal Mittermaier, Managing Director of Resilient Cities for The Nature Conservancy. “Building projects that bring the power of nature into cities gives students, teachers and community volunteers the opportunity to take action to address environmental issues that affect them right in their own city neighborhoods.”

Each project will also provide a living, learning laboratory for environmental science education at the schools. As grant recipients, each school will receive materials and instruction to engage students and local volunteers in building the project, as well as resources to incorporate environmental science lessons focused on the project throughout the academic year.

“We are honored to present these schools with Nature Works Everywhere grants,” said Angela Brisson, Acting Director of Youth Programs for The Nature Conservancy. “Projects like these, that incorporate natural solutions to urban environmental challenges, provide the opportunity for valuable hands-on learning that grows into a life-long appreciation for the environment and conservation in students, and can make a real difference in improving the environment in our cities.”

Lowe’s has supported the Conservancy’s work for more than a decade, contributing more than $11 million to protect important freshwater and forest lands across North America, and to advance environmental youth programs and help build the next generation of conservationists, including providing support for 103 Nature Works Everywhere grants to schools over the past two years.

Schools chosen to receive grants are listed below by state.


  • Arizona Middle School, Riverside, CA
  • Arroyo High School, El Monte, CA
  • Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, Bell, CA
  • Environmental Charter Middle School-Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA
  • Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt Elementary, Lawndale, CA
  • Nathaniel Narbonne High School –Harbor City, CA

District of Columbia

  • DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, DC


  • Brownsville Middle School, Miami, FL
  • Holmes Elementary, Miami, FL
  • Kinloch Park Middle School, Miami, FL
  • Miami Northwestern High School, Miami, FL


  • Wesley International Academy, Atlanta, GA


  • Goethe Elementary School, Chicago, IL
  • RH Lee Elementary School, Chicago, IL
  • Southside Occupational Academy, Chicago, IL


  • Andrew Wilson Charter School, New Orleans, LA
  • Joseph A Craig Elementary, New Orleans, LA


  • Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary School, Flint, MI
  • Greenfield Union Elementary Middle School, Detroit, MI
  • Neithercut Elementary School, Flint, MI


  • Arbor View High School, Las Vegas, NV
  • Chaparral High School, Las Vegas, NV
  • Gene Ward Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV
  • Roger M. Bryan Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV

New York

  • Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, New York City, NY
  • High School for Environmental Studies, New York City, NY
  • JHS 88 Peter Rouget (Middle school 88), New York City, NY
  • JM Rapport School for Career Development, New York City, NY
  • Leadership and Community Service Academy (CIS 303), New York City, NY
  • PS 7 Samuel Stern - Edible School Yard-- New York City, NY
  • University Heights High School, New York City, NY


  • Bridger School, Portland, OR
  • Kelly School, Portland, OR
  • MLK School, Portland, OR
  • Rigler Elementary School, Portland, OR


  • Bartram High School, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lankenau High School, Philadelphia, PA
  • McCall School, Philadelphia, PA
  • Penn Alexander, Philadelphia, PA

Rhode Island

  • DelSesto Middle School, Providence, RI
  • Mount Pleasant High School, Providence, RI
  • Webster Ave Elementary School, Providence, RI


  • Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, Dallas, TX
  • John Jay High School, San Antonio, TX
  • KIPP Academy Middle School, Houston, TX


  • Birchwood Elementary, Bellingham, WA
  • Bordeaux Elementary (Hands-On Personal Empowerment), Shelton, WA
  • Liberty Elementary School, Marysville, WA
  • Madison Avanti Giving Garden, Olympia, WA
  • Pathfinder Elementary, Seattle, WA
  • South Shore PreK-8, Seattle, WA


  • Community High School, Milwaukee, WI
  • Highland Community School, Milwaukee, WI