Applications for the Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education grants are due on Oct. 31, according to Deb Gale, a board member of the Selway Bitterroot-Frank Church (SBFC) Wilderness Foundation that is offering the grants.
Teachers, schools, libraries, arts organizations, historical societies, museums, nonprofit groups or individuals are encouraged to apply for a grant up to $1,000. Examples of the types of projects that grants may fund include: offering outdoor education in backcountry skills for students or community members; integrating wilderness history, science, philosophy and culture into existing school curriculum; attending or offering workshops about wilderness or natural ecosystems; and bringing guest speakers to classrooms or communities.
“We are so excited to help share a love and appreciation for Wilderness and wild places for many generations to come,” said Gale who encourages people to apply for this opportunity.
The foundation assists the Forest Service in stewardship for the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return wildernesses and surrounding wildlands through boots-on-the-ground work, public education, and partnerships, according to their website. In 2019, SBFC established an endowment fund for wilderness education to honor the memory and service of Connie Saylor Johnson. She worked tirelessly to provide hands-on experiences for children, college students and adults from across the United States to learn about wilderness. Johnson was the first field staff member of the foundation, serving on its board from 2009 until her passing in 2018.