Lifestyle Briefs: Applications available for NH Schoolyard Grants

December 03. 2017 4:57AM

Applications available for NH Schoolyard Grants

CONCORD - Schools teaching pre-school through 12th grade that want to extend their curriculum to the schoolyard or a nearby natural area may apply for a NH Schoolyard Action Grant.

The grant is funded through the NH Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, which includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field office, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, N.H. Fish and Game, and NH Audubon.

The grant can support the planning, implementing and curriculum development it takes to engage students in schoolyard studies.

Examples of projects that have been funded include establishing pollinator gardens, building outdoor learning areas, creating a solar-powered bird bath and replanting schoolground grassy areas with native plants.

Grant applications are being accepted through Jan. 15. For more information, go to

Seacoast Science Center offers vacation camp

RYE - Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., is offering December vacation camps that will teach children about the natural world around them, with the goal of inspiring them to be lifelong science learners.

Treks 4 Tots is for ages 4 and 5, while Seaside Safari is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Both environmental day camps are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26 to 29. A half-day Trek 4 Tots option also is available. Extended care is available for the Safari camp.

Children may attend camp by the day or week.

Sessions are based around daily themes: Terrific Turtle Tuesday, Behind the SSCenes, Winter Wildlife Walk and New Year's Ocean Ornaments. The center says the lessons will incorporate the habitats of Odiorne Point State Park, the center's live animal exhibits and ocean science along with a lot of fun.

The cost is $58 a day for center members; $68 for nonmembers. For details and to register, go to More information also is available by contacting Henry at 436-8043 ext. 16 or

Circle Program receives grant for STEM projects

PLYMOUTH - The Circle Program recently had a $7,000 grant renewed by the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support several STEM learning projects, which are being developed to encourage girls and teens from low-income families to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Girls referred to the Circle Program have been recognized for their great potential, but have lacked the opportunities and resources to develop that potential.

The nonprofit program offers girls a combination of adult- and peer-support delivered through residential summer camp and year-round mentoring programs. More than 90 girls from 32 towns in central and northern New Hampshire are now participating in the program.

New activities and STEM curriculum in 2018 will take an interdisciplinary approach to design/pattern recognition, astronomy and the study of nature. Simple and fun 45-minute lab experiments will introduce a variety of new concepts in these areas. Most of the labs will take place during Circle Camp, however, during the school year, the staff and mentors will follow up with the girls during educational field trips and workshops.

For more information, go to

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