SFE Grant Program Past Awards

Seeds for Education Grantees

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Grant Program gives monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-for-profit educational organizations whose efforts in establishing outdoor learning centers best reflect the Wild Ones educational efforts to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

If there has been an award in your area, be sure to visit the site.

2018 Seeds for Education Grantees

In February 2018, Wild Ones awarded 14 Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education grants to educational projects in 11 states. Judges evaluated 43 applications from 21 states—more than at any other time since the program began in 1997. 

Five of the grants were made possible this year because of a special memorial donation. Thank you to members and chapters who have given generously over time to this very worthwhile Wild Ones program!

This year’s winning projects by state include:


  • Learning Habitat for Pollinators, Oasis Public School, 6th grade, Salinas
  • Native Plant Demonstration Garden, Julian Elementary School,  Julian


  • Seed Dispersal Investigative Garden, Jefferson County, Grades K-4,  Wheat Ridge (Front Range chapter)


  • Native Garden, Lokelani Intermediate School, Grades 6-8, Kihei


  • Native Species Courtyard, East Aurora High School, Grades 9-12, Aurora (Greater DuPage chapter)


  • Butterfly Habitat Garden, Learning Tree Institute, Grades 7-12, special needs, Girard


  • Wildflower Garden: Bees, Butterflies and Beauty, Columbia Montessori, Preschoolers, Columbia (Mid-Missouri chapter)
  • Growing Curiosity, Collaboration, Creativity & Critical Thinking with Native Plants, Grant Elementary School, Grades 2 & 5, Columbia (Mid-Missouri chapter)

North Carolina

  • Natural Play Area & Sensory Gardens with Native Plants, Rocky Face State Park, scouts & homeschool families, general public, Hiddenite


  • Butterfly World, GEMS, Grades K-8 and families, Columbus (Columbus chapter)


  • Native Grassland and Meadow Restoration, United Methodist Camp Cedar Crest, Environmental Education students and summer campers, Lyles


  • Girl Scout Gold Award Community Garden, Youth applicant. Families, church members, Federal Way
  • Hutton Elementary Native Plant Garden, Spokane Public Schools, Grades 5-6, Environmental Club, Spokane


  • Prairie Learning Garden, Weiss Public Library, Grades 6-8 and community, Hayward

2017 Seeds for Education Grantees


  • Connecting People and Pollinators Through Alabama’s Native Plants, Ruffner Mountain, Birmingham


  • Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being Native Garden, Mental Health Center of Denver, Denver (Front Range Chapter)


  • Edible New London, F.R.E.S.H. New London, New London (Mountain Laurel Chapter)


  • Hawkins Toledo Proud Pollinators, Hawkins Elementary School, Toledo
    (Oak Openings Chapter)
  • Heritage Farm Pollinator Patch, Brunswick Area Historical Society, Lakewood (Northeast Ohio Chapter)
  • NSTC Toledo Proud Pollinators, Natural Science Technology Center, Toledo (Oak Openings Chapter)


  • The Secret Sunken Garden, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor


  • Besser Elementary Schoolyard Habitat, Besser Elementary School, Alpena


  • Nature Adventure Garden, Montana Natural History Center, Missoula

New Jersey

  • Cinnaminson Outdoor Classroom, Rush Intermediate School Ecology Club, Cinnaminson
  • School Courtyard Community Classroom, Colonia High School, Woodbridge Township School District, Colonia

2016 Through 1997 Grantees

You can view a list of more SFE grant recipients.