STEP 1: AGREE TO PROGRAM CRITERIARead the information below to make sure your project will meet the minimum criteria of the program.
The Youth Pollinator Habitat Program will provide financial assistance and training for PF/QF chapters to engage youth, families and local communities in establishing pollinator habitat projects. The objectives of this program are to educate youth on the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitat as well as establishing quality pollinator habitat projects. In order to accomplish these objectives, grants up to $500 per project will be made available to PF/QF chapters who agree to meet the following guidelines:
- Chapters must engage a youth/community group in the establishment of a pollinator habitat project (i.e. classrooms, 4H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, Garden Club etc.).
- Pollinator projects must meet Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's Pollinator Habitat Standard.
- Pollinator projects must be a minimum of 1/2 acre in size
- If planted in a strip, strip must be a minimum of 20 feet wide
- Pollinator seed mix is recommended to have 30-40 species (includes grass a forb species)
- Pollinator seed mixes ordered through Pheasants Forever meet this standard.
- A minimum of 50% of the seed mix must be comprised of wildflowers
- Seed mix must include at least one species of milkweed
- Seed mix must include at least 3 species in each bloom period
- Chapters must pay for the entire project up front. Chapters will be reimbursed for 1/2 of all expenses associated with the project up to $500.00 after all reports have been submitted.
- Chapters must include educational activities and/or curriculum in conjunction with the establishment of the pollinator project.
- Chapters must establish one pollinator habitat project sign recognizing all national program sponsors. Chapters must also recognize national program sponsors in all promotional materials associated with the project.
- Chapters must complete and return all required reports to Pheasants Forever's within 30 days of project completion.
Youth Pollinator Habitat Program Promo Flyer
Youth Pollinator Habitat Program Promo Video
STEP 2: WATCH THE GRANT APPLICATION WEBINARIf you agreed to meet the criteria above, you will need to watch the Grant Application Webinar for helpful hints on how to complete a successful grant application.
Grant Application Webinar - This webinar is designed to walk you through the grant application process as well as provide detailed information on the program. You are highly encouraged to view this webinar before proceeding with the application process. To view the webinar press play below or just click the link above.
STEP 3: COMPLETE THE GRANT APPLICATION PACKETPF/QF Chapters must complete and email grant packet (Grant Application & Signed Grant Agreement) to (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to be considered funding. Grant applications will be reviewed by PF/QF staff and you will be notified about the status of your application within two weeks of submitting your grant application. You can download and complete the Grant Application and Grant Agreement by clicking the links below (Note: you must download these documents to your computer before you can complete documents)
Grant Application (Example)
STEP 4: WATCH THE "PLANNING & CONDUCTING YOUR YOUTH POLLINATOR PROJECT" WEBINARAfter you have received word that you will receive grant funding for your project, watch the "Planning and Conducting your Youth Pollinator Project" webinar that provides helpful hints on how to plan and conduct a successful project. Chapters and Partners that receive grants are required to watch this webinar.
Planning and Conducting your Youth Pollinator Habitat Project Webinar - This webinar is designed to walk you through the grant reimbursement process as well as providing step-by-step instructions on how to plan an conduct a successful event. To view the webinar, just click on the link above and enter the following password when prompted. Password: Pollinators
Guideline Book - This guideline book accompanies the webinar above and goes into even further detail on planning and conducting a successful project.
PROGRAM FORMS, LOGOS, DOCUMENTS, & REPORTS
PRE-EVENT FORMSPlug Order Form - Plug Terms & Conditions
Seed Order Form
Iowa Seed Order From (Iowa Chapters Only)
Sign Order Form
Youth Shirt & Merchandise Order Form
PF/QF Youth Waiver & Photo Release Form
Volunteer Insurance Coverage
Post Event Press Release
Take Habitat Home Order Form - Take Habitat Home Example
YPHP Intro Talk (Print front & back)
Pollinator Event Letter to Educators
Pollinator Event Letter to School Leaders
PROGRAM PARTNER LOGOSBe sure to provide recognition to all the program partners listed below in all media interviews, publications and signage. You can click on the links below to download partner logos.
Bayer Bee Care
Cabela's Outdoor Fund
CURRICULUMThe following curriculum is available for your chapter to use in conjunction with your Youth Pollinator Project.
Gardens Curriculum - Free curriculum designed for grades K-12
Natures Partners Pollinator Curriculum - Free curriculum designed for grades 3-6
Omaha Zoo Butterfly Curriculum - Free curriculum designed for grades 3-6
Monarch Lesson Plans and Curriculum - Free curriculum designed for grades K-6 (University of MN)
HANDS-ON EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIESThese hands-on activities were designed to be used in conjunction with your Youth Pollinator Habitat Project. Each activity comes with instructions and list of materials needed to conduct the activity.
Pollinator Free Pizza - This activity demonstrated how important pollinators are to producing the main ingredients in pizza.
Pollinator Free Tacos - This activity demonstrates how important pollinators are to producing the main ingredients in tacos.
Pollinator Free Sandwiches - This activity demonstrates how important pollinators are in producing the main ingredients in a cold cut sandwich.
Pollinator Free Ice Cream Sundae - This activity demonstrates how important pollinators are to producing the main ingredients in an ice cream sundae.
Building a Native Bee Nesting Block - This activity provides instructions on how to build a native bee nesting block (power tools required).
Building a Native Bee Tunnel Nest - This activity provides instructions on how to build a native bee tunnel nest (no power tools required).
Plant ID Activity - This activity is a fun plant ID contest designed to teach participants the common name of native plants.
Pollinator Seed Ball Activity - This hands-on activity provides instructions on how to make seed balls.
Predator Prey Game - This is a fast-paced activity that teaches participants about the predator/prey relationship and how important quality habitat is to the survival of prey species.
Un-Natural Nature Hike - This is a fun activity for all ages that teaches participants the common names of local flora and fauna.
Butterfly Clothespin Activity - This activity is well suited for young participants. It is a great way to let them bring back habitat to plant!
STEP 5: COMPLETE YOUR FINAL REPORTOnce your project is finished, you will need to compile all receipts associated with your project and complete the NCLI Event Report Form and Volunteer Hours Log. You can download report forms by clicking the links below. After you have completed your report forms, you can email receipts, report forms, picture from the envent and any newspapers articles covering the events to email@example.com, or you can mail receipts and report forms to Pheasants Forever, 54932 Emerald Lane, Glenwood, IA 51534.
Volunteer Hours Log
NCLI Report Form
Picture from event
Newspaper Articles Highlighting the Event
STEP 6: MONITORING ACTIVITIES
While it's not a requirement of the program, chapters are encouraged to engage students in monitoring activities after the project is established to help evaluate the projects success. The monitoring part of the project can be led by the chapter or by the teacher/group leader. There are a number of citizen science monitoring activities that can be used in conjunction with your project that are designed to engage students in the data collection of actual research projects being conducted by universities. A complete list of citizen science monitoring activities can be found by clicking the following link
Citizen Science Monitoring Activities
If you have any questions concerning the Youth Pollinator Habitat Program, please contact Anna Swerczek firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-450-9299.