Foundation Receives Pheasant Branch Environmental Education Center Grants

The MCPASD Education Foundation recently received two $1,000 grants to be used to purchase kits and equipment for the Pheasant Branch Environmental Education Center located at Kromrey.

The Foundation learned in mid-September that it had received $1,000 from Madison4Kids. The Foundation also found out on Oct. 8 that it had received $1,000 from the National Resources Foundation of Wisconsin C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program.


The Foundation has also submitted grant applications for the Environmental Education Center with American Girl Fund for Children, Captain Planet Foundation, Clif Bar, and the Meemic Foundation. The grants are worth more than $20,000. The Foundation should know by the end of October about the status of the four grant applications.

“The Foundation has made it a priority to find funding for the Pheasant Branch Environmental Education Center this year,” executive director Perry Hibner said. “It is our hope that we will be able to provide enough funds so that every student in the District will be able to visit the Conservancy this year and learn more about environmental education.”

Madison4Kids is an area non-profit organization committed to making charitable  investments in communities and children in the Madison area.  The money comes from local individuals and businesses, along with a number of fundraising events.

“It is our way of giving back and making a difference in our local community,” said Deb Uschan, who is on the grant review committee. “We are happy to be able to help you.”

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin awarded $27,311 to 28 applicants through a 2015 C.D. Besadny conservation grant. The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program awards grants to projects that involve the management and restoration of Wisconsin’s natural resources and/or focus on natural resources education and outreach.

“This year we received many impressive applications, which will support on-the-ground conservation work, as well as projects that get people and communities outside and engaged in nature,” said Caitlin Williamson, Foundation program and development coordinator. “We’re so proud to be able to support our partner organizations through this grassroots approach.”

Other projects in Dane County to receive grants included:

  • Anderson Park Friends, Invasive Species Removal Project
  • Clean Lakes Alliance, Rake for the Lake: Urban Leaf Management Initiative
  • Friends of Lake Wingra, Lake Wingra Watershed Management KickoffMadison Audubon Society, Connecting Students with Neighborhood Nature
  • Madison Parks Foundation, Sunday Bird and Nature Walk ProgramSouthern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited, SWTU Stream Keepers Project, Kittleson Creek

The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program supports projects in Wisconsin that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources at the local level. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program, which has now awarded $446,819 to more than 569 organizations in every county in Wisconsin since its inception in 1990.

The program is named after former Department of Natural Resources Secretary and Foundation founder C.D. “Buzz” Besadny.