Hands on the Land (HOL) is a national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways. Hands on the Land brings classroom learning to life in America's largest classroom!

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America’s national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, waterways, and other public lands comprise nearly one-third the area of the United States, and thus offer unique teaching and learning opportunities. Hands on the Land, a national network of field classrooms, connects students, teachers, families, and volunteers to these special places all across America. Within the communities of Hands on the Land sites, public, non-profit, and private partners customize hands-on experiences using local natural, historical, and archaeological settings to bring classroom learning to life.

Fall 2016 Newsletter


2017 Hands on the Land Mini-Grants Program

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) in partnership with Partners in Resource Education (PRE) just released a request for proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, a total of $90,000 in mini-grants will be awarded to HOL sites to support their efforts in delivering placed-based environmental education and STEM programming that is aligned with national K-12 education standards. Funding support for these grants comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NEEF.


Interagency Strategy 2013-2015

Bureau of Land ManagementUS Forest ServiceNational Park ServiceUS Fish and Wildlife ServiceEnvironmental Protection AgencyNational Oceanic & Atmospheric AdministrationDepartment of EducationNational Environmental Education Foundation
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