2021 Budding Botanist Grant Winners

Congratulations to the fifteen schools selected as 2021 Budding Botanist grantees!

The Klorane Botanical Foundation is committed to supporting programs to teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems.

The 2021 Budding Botanist grant awards fifteen grant packages valued at $1,200 to schools across the United States.

2021 Budding Botanist Grant Winners

Two children water a tall garden
Bessie Weller Elementary School

Anderson Mill Elementary School (Austin, TX)
Anderson Mill Elementary school is excited to expand their existing growing space to include a pollinator/wildlife garden, rain garden, and drought tolerant garden. 

Bessie Weller Elementary School (Staunton, VA)
Educators at Bessie Weller Elementary School will bring hands-on gardening activities to students learning remotely through the creation and delivery of life cycle themed take home Grow Kits.

Celentano Biotech, Health and Medical Magnet School (New Haven, CT)
Celentano Biotech, Health and Medical Magnet School will distribute garden kits to students participating in distance learning, giving youth the opportunity to create micro greenhouses and container gardens that they can share with their families.

An adult in a face covering holds carrots standing next to a child with a carrot in their mouth
Chimacum Elementary (Chimacum, WA)

Charter School of the Dunes (Gary, IN)
Through a partnership with the Gary Food Council and Purdue Extension, the Charter School of the Dunes plans to facilitate an afterschool program that will allow students to become certified as Junior Urban Farmers.

Chimacum Elementary (Chimacum, WA)
Chimacum Elementary will complete a native plant propagation and habitat restoration project that will culminate in the installation of a Rain Shadow Native garden and water catchment system.

Crain's Creek Middle School (Carthage, NC)
Crain’s Creek Middle School looks forward to adding native pollinator beds to their garden to use in conjunction with an elective STEAM Learning Garden course.

Crystal Lake Middle School (Lakeland, FL)
With help from their local Water Management District, students at Crystal Lake Middle School will design and create a Rain Garden as part of a wider project focused on the ecological impact of stormwater runoff and water pollution.

High school students in science class
John Dewey High School (Brooklyn, NY)

Freeman Elementary School (Flint, MI)
Freeman Elementary School will expand garden-based learning opportunities by installing a designated monarch butterfly waystation, native Michigan berry beds, bird habitat, and more.

Glenwood Springs Elementary School (Glenwood Springs, CO)
Teachers are thrilled to make their dreams of a climate controlled, drip irrigated, solar-powered high tunnel greenhouse a reality at Glenwood Spring Elementary School.

Indiana School for the Deaf (Indianapolis, IN)
The Indiana School for the Deaf will revitalize an old greenhouse and purchase hydroponic equipment to use as part of an Exploring Agriculture Program that provides deaf youth with vocational training.

John Dewey High School (Brooklyn, NY)
Students at John Dewey High School will receive individual hydroponic lab kits to broaden at-home science-centric learning opportunities. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne School (Milwaukee, WI)
The installation of raised beds will go hand-in-hand with a large-scale initiative to transform an asphalt playground into an engaging nature-inspired landscape at the Nathaniel Hawthorne School.

Young hands planting a radish plant
The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences (Volcano, HI)

Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School (San Francisco, CA)
The Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School will offer take-home garden learning kits, complete with native California plants, to all students in an effort to enhance weekly virtual garden lessons.

K. William Harvey School of the Ronan School District (Ronan, MT)
With the help of the wider community, the K. William Harvey School plans to revitalize Polliwog Park, a growing space dedicated to native Montana plants, ecological history, and the food cultures of local Indigenous communities, including the Séliš, Ql̓ispé,and Ktunaxa peoples.

The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences (Volcano, HI)
The Ka Mala Maluhia (Children’s Peaceful Garden) at the Volcano School of Arts will feature an abundance of native Hawaiian plants, from vegetables and herbs to medical plants and pollinator-friendly varietals.