Since 1998, hundreds of children have benefited from programs that teach about the natural world due to Loon Echo’s Educational Endowment. The endowment was developed as a memorial to two teachers, Helen Allen and Polly Bartlett. Helen Allen granted Loon Echo a conservation easement to forever protect her beautiful hilltop farm on Quaker Ridge in Casco. After her death at the age of 94, Helen Allen’s bequest to Loon Echo allowed the Trust to create a fund to support yearly programs in local schools and libraries.
In addition to this wonderful educational opportunity, Loon Echo also provides funding for:
- Mayberry Hill Forest Field Day
- Winter Audubon Hike
To qualify for these grants you must be an educational institute (school or library) and be within the Loon Echo Land Trust service area: Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Sebago or Raymond. The purpose of these grants is to help our future leaders learn more about their natural world. Please see below for application process.
- Grant Application: 2018 Application (Fillable PDF) 2018 Application (To Print)
- Grants Deadline: January 15, 2018
- Grant Award Range: $50-$300
- Award Notification Date: February 15, 2018
- Grant Reporting Required: Submission of a short report form and a “kids’ chronicle” from a student or participant. Selected chronicles are displayed at the bottom of this webpage.
- Restrictions: Please note that only one program will be funded at each school or library due to the limited amount of funding available. If report forms are not submitted for a funded program, it may disqualify schools or libraries from applying the following year.
- For more information: Contact Us
Kids’ Chronicles: Each school or library selects a student or patron to write about their learning experience after attending an environmental education program funded by Loon Echo.
“Thank you for bringing Chewonki to the library. I love that they have animals because I’m a wildlife ani-biologist. I really like going to Chewonki presentations. I do Chewonki presentations at home too! Box turtles have a hinge on their bottom shell that will close up like a box when they are scared. Her shell felt very smooth. I drew a picture of the box turtle and made it a little snuggle buddy in the box with her. She also has a dish of food.” Ember Grimm, Chewonki Presentation at the Naples Public Library June 2016
“At the hill, there were three telescopes set up and people shared their powerful binoculars Seeing the moon and its shadow was great because it was so clear and vivid. We saw Saturn, Venus and more powerful stars, but they weren’t as clear. My group enjoyed using the star finders to locate different constellations. We ended the evening with a trip to get ice cream and talked about what we learned.” Lisa Davison, Family Star Party at Casco Public Library, 08/13/2013
“What a great time we had at the David Sparks animal show! The best part was having a snake around my neck! I learned a lot about safety around wild animals. I liked watching Mr. Sparks feed the baby goat a bottle. I learned more about the wild animals we see around our home and what to do if we see them. Mr. Sparks sure knows a lot about taking care of animals!” Ethan Fletcher age 5, Raymond Village Library 5/24/2012