If we are to secure the long-term health and survival of redwood forests, we need to invest in building the next generation of caretakers.

SPAWN Kids and Teachers
Salmon Protection and Watershed Network helps students learn about the ecological relationships between healthy redwood forests and salmon populations in Marin County. Photo by Paola Bouley

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for our Education Grants Program through August 12, 2016. League education grants are available to schools, park cooperating associations, and other qualified nonprofits engaged in high quality and meaningful redwood education.

Program Goals

The League’s Education Grants Program funds projects that:

  • Provide engaging, firsthand experiences of redwood forests for youth (pre-K — college); for example, through field trips, park interpretive programs, service projects, and after-school or family programs among the redwoods.
  • Connect more underserved, low-income youth to the redwoods through culturally relevant projects that reflect the changing demographics of California and the United States including, but not limited to:

    » Projects that connect rural redwood region communities with the forest resource in their backyards.

    » Projects that connect urban communities with local, regional or distant redwoods.

  • Encourage classroom teachers to teach about redwoods as a topic and use the redwood forest as a laboratory to master state content standards through curriculum development or continuing education opportunities.

Redwood education topics may include, but are not limited to: redwood forest characteristics, redwood ecology, associated watersheds, redwood forest-dependent species and redwood forest stewardship. Applicants may choose to focus their projects on either the coast redwoods or giant sequoias.

2016 Call for Applications

All League Education Grant projects must have a field component. A primary goal for the League is to provide engaging, firsthand experiences for youth and their families in the redwoods so they are exposed to the mystery and wonder of these remarkable forests.

Three-Year Grant Opportunities

Applicants applying under the Forest Immersion category can apply for up to three years of funding. There will be a limited number of proposals selected for potential multi-year funding from those that apply. Click here for examples of proposals which could be eligible multi-year funding. Please read through the Application Narrative carefully to see additional requirements for a multi-year education grant. After any multi-year funding cycle is complete you must take one year off before reapplying.

*Multi-year funding is contingent upon board approved funds and completion of a progress report every year.



The League’s Education Grants Program will fund projects that fit into one of the following two categories:

  1. Redwood Visit: Educational programs which provide a 1-day field trip experience in a redwood forest. Funds provided should go primarily towards transportation (see application form for more details). $1,500 award
  2. Forest Immersion: Educational programs which provide 3-5 day field experiences in a redwood forest. (This includes a school spending multiple days in the forest or a nonprofit or other organization which brings multiple school groups to the forest for a single visit or overnight visit.) $5,000 award


We only accept applications from nonprofit organizations (including public agencies and schools) as described in 26 USC Section 170(b) (1) (A) [other than clauses (vii) and (viii)]. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Once your application has been approved you will be asked to provide proof of non-profit status.

2016-17 Grant Award Schedule

Applicants, please consider the following timeline when planning your project activities:

August 12, 2016 mid-September 2016 mid-October 2016 mid-November 2016

Materials Needed

To complete your application, you will need to submit the following materials:

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Please submit your application material in a single PDF to Deborah Zierten, Education and Interpretation Manager, at: Education@SaveTheRedwoods.org. For any questions you can also contact us at (415) 362-2352.

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Giving kids and adults the chance to learn about redwood forests will foster the next generation of caretakers who will value and support protecting redwood forests forever. Photo by Scott Catron

About Education Grants


Children from Canal Child Care Center explore redwoods in Marin County, thanks to a grant from Save the Redwoods League. On trips to a number of forests, participants used nets, binoculars, cameras, magnifying glasses and field guides to assist in examining their discoveries. Photo by Canal Care Center

Grantee Central


The unique aspect of LandPath's program is the multiple visits the students make to the same sight, each visit with a slightly different focus. Students shared their feelings of being in the forest with phrases such as, "this place is beautiful", "I feel so happy here", and "these trees are amazing."

Current and Past Grantees



Questions? Please contact the Education and Interpretation Manager at Education@SaveTheRedwoods.org or (415) 362-2352.