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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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District V Message--Dean Dittmar--9/13/2005

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Lowes Outdoor Classroom Grants

Grants up to $2,000 to at least 100 schools.  In some cases, grants for up to $20,000 may be awarded to schools.  Weblink -  

Sponsored by:
        Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
        International Paper and the International Paper Foundation
The Outdoor Classroom Grant Program provides outdoor, hands-on science education to students in grades K-12 and assists schools in enhancing their core curriculum in all subjects. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and National Geographic Explorer! classroom magazine have partnered to create an outdoor classroom grant program to provide schools with additional resources to improve their science curriculum by engaging students in hands-on experiences outside the traditional classroom.  All K-12 public schools in the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) are welcome to apply. 
This school year, the program will award grants up to $2,000 to at least 100 schools.  In some cases, grants for up to $20,000 may be awarded to schools or school districts with major outdoor classroom projects. The grants can be used to build a new outdoor classroom or to enhance a current outdoor classroom at the school. This program only considers outdoor classroom proposals. Please submit all other grant proposals for community improvement projects and K-12 public school initiatives to the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation at After representatives from Lowe's, International Paper and National Geographic evaluate your grant application, you will receive International Paper's Life of the Forest Classroom Kit. The free kit, which contains 10 full-color posters, 10 teaching guides and 20 booklets, can be used in your classroom at your discretion.
Each poster in the series represents an essential element of our forests, their maintenance, their preservation, their history and how they are utilized to give us the products we need in our everyday lives.
The teaching guides provide further details on the specifics presented in the posters, and the booklet is an informative, colorful, and easy-to-read manual encompassing the many wonders of our forest.
To preview International Paper's Life of the Forest educational materials, visit

How to apply...
-Complete the online application. 
-Print two copies of the completed application. Keep one for your records. · 
-Assemble your students' outdoor classroom plan, including illustrations, video footage and photos, if applicable. · Please be sure that the teacher's name and phone number are on each item. Entries without accurate contact information may not be accepted. · 
-Have your principal or school superintendent write a letter in support of your outdoor classroom project, including budget requirements.  
-Send the outdoor classroom plan materials, a copy of the completed online application and letter from your principal or superintendent to 

Outdoor Classroom Grant Program, P.O. Box 3292, Memphis, TN 38173-0292. · 

Only complete online applications, with all supporting documents, will be considered.Grants will be reviewed three times a year. You will be notified via email if your grant proposal was declined. 

  • September - December
  • January - April
  • May - August
  • Mid January
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