Wild Ones Native Landscaping Grants

Principia School students preparing prairie garden made possible in part by a Wild Ones grant

Principia School students preparing a prairie garden made possible in part by a Wild Ones grant. See more photos of the project.

St. Louis Wild Ones provides modest grants to non-profit organizations for landscaping projects incorporating native plants in an educational setting. 

Examples of projects we would consider:

  • The design, establishment and maintenance of a native plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland etc. in an educational setting.
  • Developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plants.
  • Developing a wetland area to study the effect of native vegetation on water quality.
  • Establishing an educational rain garden to reduce runoff.

What educational organizations are eligible?

  • Schools
  • Nature centers
  • Houses of worship
  • Government-owned facilities
  • Other non-profit places of learning

Grant applicants must be located in the state of Missouri, within 40 miles of St. Louis. 

Submit an application

Past grant awards:

2017

Town and Country Community Garden
$200 awarded
The gardeners want to provide a beautiful, sustainable wildflower garden that exposes
the other organic vegetable gardeners and their families to the beauty of natives and to provide habitat for pollinators essential to the success of the community garden as well as the landscapes of surrounding neighbors. They hope to enjoy memorable encounters with birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Herculaneum High School
$250 awarded
Last year a teacher started a High School Ecology club formed with 27 students 9th-12th grade level, ages 14-18. One thing all the students wanted to do was create a wildflower garden using native Missouri plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators. The garden is in between buildings near a sidewalk that all students must walk by every day. There is a waiting list to join the club.

McGrath Elementary School
$122 plus donated plants from 3 Wild Ones members.
The 4th grade teachers at this Brentwood school and their after school group of super gardeners want to build a butterfly garden for the students of the school. They hope to teach the benefits of native plants and insects.

Blades Elementary School
$250 plus donated plants from Wild Ones members.
This Melville school’s teachers and parents in the “Garden Club” will construct a new garden of native plants to teach students, teachers, and families how native plants attract native insects. They are calling it their “Insectary”.

The Ethical Society of St. Louis
$250 plus donated plants from 2 Wild Ones members.
The are building a butterfly garden next to the nursery school playground. Their goal is to attract pollinators and Monarchs. They will plant many milkweed plants as well as nectar plants for butterflies. They have plans for their garden to be a Monarch Waystation.

2016

Cole County Health Department, Jefferson City, MO
$250 awarded
Cole County Health Department is celebrating a 100-year anniversary. Part of their plan is to build two native plant gardens on the edge of their parking lot. They will invite staff and hospital clients to participate in establishing the garden. The goal is to establish a relaxing, beautiful, and educational garden.

Transportation Museum/St. Louis County Park
$500 awarded
The Transportation Museum of St. Louis County is creating an educational demonstration native plant garden designed by the students of Meramec Community College. They intend this to be a pollinator garden. The focus is on educating the general public who visit the park.

Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School
$150 awarded
The Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School has an active seed-to-table education program. The new native plant garden will attract beneficial insects to the school vegetable garden and orchard. It will provide habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. It will teach the children to recognize native plants.

Woodridge Middle School
$230 awarded
The Woodridge Middle School’s goal is to have an outdoor classroom with native plants to help teach students about nature and give them hands on experience.  This garden will be inside a court yard in the middle of the school. The four walls all have windows facing the courtyard, currently all they can see is a mowed lawn.  The native garden will make this space interesting and fun.

Ozark Regional Library
$300 awarded
The Ozark Regional Library wants to help educate the community concerning the benefits of landscaping with native plants by planting native gardens using signage to identify the plants and their benefits to the environment

The College School 
$500 awarded
The College School is building a new learning center at their LaBarque campus that will be landscaped completely with native plants. The grant money will be used to create a pollinator rain garden with several different species of milkweed as well as a variety of flowers for bees and wasps. Students will tag Monarch butterflies that visit the garden to track their migration.

2015

Little Creek Nature Area /Ferguson-Florissant School District
$250 awarded to engage, inspire, and educate local urban youth, especially in monarch butterfly conservation, as part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps and Student Conservation Association. Students will plant a pollinator garden, which will be available to the public, as well as to students who go there for classes.

City Garden Montessori School
$500 awarded to create an outdoor learning space, including native planting areas and vegetable beds for all City Garden students that will provide an extension of the Montessori classroom instruction materials. City Garden students will use the space to learn mathematics, environmental ethics, science, cultural, and social economics lessons.

Revitalization 2000 / The Ville Family Gardens
$500 to reclaim and beautify two vacant lots for the goal of providing education and earned-income opportunities for the community  youth. Native plants and seeds will be used for the beautification of additional lots and for residents to plant in their own yards.

McKinley Meadows Community Garden
$300 to develop a native plant garden as the catalyst for place-based workshops in papermaking, book arts, and creative writing, which will be held at the neighborhood’s edible urban forest, McKinley Meadows.

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
$300 to grow and maintain a prairie on the school grounds using native plants. The prairie will be integrated into the 3rd grade cross-curricular unit on ecosystems.

Chesterfield Elementary School
$200 to help the 5th grade students create a sensory garden near their natural play zone using native plants.

Campbell Montessori School
$200 to plant a butterfly garden outside their classroom window. The plants were chosen by 9- and 10-year-old students who are studying butterflies.

2014

The Audubon Center at Riverlands
$300 awarded to build native plant gardens at three schools. The gardens will be part of an afterschool program to educate 3rd-5th graders about various conservation efforts including the benefits of planting native plant gardens, creating bird friendly communities, and alternate energy sources.

  • Blackhurst School, 2000 Elm Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
  • Oak Hill School, 801 S. Spoede Road, St Louis, MO 63131
  • Lincoln School, 625 S. Sixth Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 (no longer maintained)

Dogtown Eco-Village
$200 awarded for a landscaping plan for two sites near 6419 Wise Ave: a median planter and a veterans memorial pocket park. The Dogtown Eco-village is a ‘virtual village’ of Dogtown residents interested in living sustainably; sharing resources; and promoting native landscaping, urban farming, energy-saving housing ideas, etc.

Ambrose Family Center Preschool, 222 West Cedar Avenue, Webster Groves MO
$300 awarded to buy plants for a rain garden.

2013

Berkeley Middle School, 8300 Frost Avenue, Berkeley MO  (no longer maintained)
$200 awarded for design and maintenance consultation to plan a native plant garden.

Shining Rivers Waldorf School, 915 N. Elm Avenue, St. Louis, MO
$535 awarded for the purchase of native plants and seeds to create a garden to integrate native plants into the school curriculum.

Immanuel Lutheran School, 115 S. Sixth St., St. Charles MO
$370 awarded for native plants in an early childhood natural playscape.

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, 348 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO
$600 awarded for the purchase of native plants and landscape design consultation to develop a prairie on the school grounds. The prairie will be integrated into the 3rd grade cross-curricular unit on ecosystems

Crossroads College Preparatory School, 500 DeBaliviere Avenue, St. Louis, MO
$560 awarded for the purchase of native plants to refurbish a large rain garden.

2012

The Principia, 13201 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO
$600 awarded for the purchase of native plants to create a prairie garden near the Upper School entrance. The project will be used to educate both students and the community about native plants. The garden is located just outside the biology classroom, and the ready access to native plants will enhance discussions of plant adaptations, ecosystem dynamics, and species identification. View photos of the project.

2011

University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Campus Honors Ecology Research Program (CHERP), Honors College/Continuing Education. $530 to buy plants for the CHERP Prairie Rehabilitation Interpretive Area. The plantings are located on UMSL’s campus in the one-third most visible section of the Interpretive Area.  The area is for use by undergrad students and for teacher in-service trainings.

2010

Nottingham School, 4915 Donovan Ave., St. Louis, MO
Nottingham School offers community access and job training for special needs students.  Students in the maintenance and landscaping programs installed and will maintain the plantings, which are in front of the school. The site faces Francis Park in south St Louis.  $750 grant for plants and mulch.

2009

Lonedell School, 7466 Hwy. FF, Lonedell, MO
Our chapter donated $350 to Seeds for Education, the Wild Ones national grant program.  The grant was awarded to Lonedell School for an outdoor classroom.

2008

Hazelwood West Middle School, 12834 Missouri Bottom Rd., Hazelwood, MO  (no longer maintained)
On May 31, fifteen volunteers planted 1000 native plants at the Hazelwood West Middle School rain garden.  The plants were donated by Shaw Nature Reserve.  Students scattered native seeds on another day.

New City School, 5209 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO
Funds to purchase serviceberry trees.

2007

All Saints School, 7 McMenamy Rd., St. Peters, MO (no longer maintained)
$150 for creation of a native plant outdoor classroom garden.

Overland Historical Society, 2404 Gass Ave., Overland, MO
$400 for a public Missouri native plant community garden.

Wild Ones Seeds for Education (SFE) School Grant Program
$150.  Seeds for Education began in 1996 and was named in honor of naturalist and inspirational leader Lorrie Otto. The program encourages Wild Ones members (as parents, grandparents and community members) to help children learn about the natural world.