Youth Pollinator Habitat Program

Program Update: Beginning Jan 1 2018 maximum reimbursement will be changed to $500 per project.

STEP 1:  AGREE TO PROGRAM CRITERIA 

Read 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 $1,000 per project will be made available to PF/QF chapters who agree to meet the following guidelines:
  • Chapters must engage a youth group in the establishment of a pollinator habitat project (i.e. classrooms, 4H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, 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 must include a minimum of 20 species (includes grass a forb species) It is recommended to have 40 species.
    • 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 $1,000.00 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.   
If Chapters agree to all the criteria above, you are eligible to apply for a Youth Pollinator Habitat Program grant.  For more promotional information on the Youth Pollinator Habitat Program, click the link below.   

Youth Pollinator Habitat Program Promo Flyer
Youth Pollinator Habitat Program Promo Video

STEP 2:  WATCH THE GRANT APPLICATION WEBINAR

If 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, just click the link above.

STEP 3:  COMPLETE THE GRANT APPLICATION PACKET       

PF/QF Chapters must complete and email grant packet (Grant Application & Signed Grant Agreement) to (awalk@pheasantsforever.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
Grant Agreement
Grant Application (Example)

STEP 4:  WATCH THE "PLANNING & CONDUCTING YOUR YOUTH POLLINATOR PROJECT" WEBINAR

After 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 FORMS 

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

PROGRAM PARTNER LOGOS

Be 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.

DuPont Pioneer
Bayer Bee Care
Cabela's Outdoor Fund
Monarch Joint Venture
Pheasants Forever
Quail Forever


CURRICULUM

The 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 ACTIVITIES

These 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.    

STEP 5:  COMPLETE YOUR FINAL REPORT

Once 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 and report forms to awalk@pheasantsforever.org, or you can mail receipts and report forms to Pheasants Forever, 54932 Emerald Lane, Glenwood, IA 51534.  

Volunteer Hours Log
NCLI Report Form 

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 Walkowiak at awalk@pheasantsforever.org or 402-450-9299.