Our Programs

Planting grants supply resources that give wildflowers a dynamic presence in public places, at schools and along roadways. They provide hands-on experiences for adults and children while beautifying communities and parks, and creating an awareness of Florida’s natural landscape.

“My students have learned so much and have been very excited with the process of growing our wildflowers.”
– JoAnne McCarty, Sebastian Elementary School

Viva Florida grants bring native beauty to state parks, botanical gardens and other public places

These grants provide funds with which to purchase Florida native wildflowers and plants for public projects that showcase the beauty of Florida’s native wildflowers while demonstrating their varied uses. Past Viva Florida recipients include the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Sanford; Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, and the Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, near Lake Apopka.

Criteria

  • Projects must have strong educational components.
  • Projects must be in highly visible areas.
  • Up to $3,000 per project is granted.

The Viva Florida grant application period is currently closed. Please check back to this page for information on when applications will again be accepted.

“Our wildflowers allowed us to promote native wildflower gardening and educate our visitors about the importance of Florida’s native insect pollinators.”
– Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden

Seedlings for Schools

Wildflowers and classroom resources for Florida schools are provided through this program. Grants include $50 worth of plants, classroom resources and professional guidance on garden establishment. Grants are awarded in July; plants are shipped in September in time for the new school year. Teachers who are awarded grants are eligible to receive more wildflowers in the spring if fall gardens are successfully established and cared for.

Criteria

  • Public, private and homeschool pre-K through grade 12 teachers may apply.
  • Wildflower garden must be planted on property accessible to the public.
  • Grant application period open April through June.

Download the grant planning document, which has a link to the online application (the link works only during the application period).

Thinking of applying? Join our email news list which receives notice of the application period opening.

“The garden is amazing! We are totally enjoying the wonderful flowers.”
– Volusia Pines Elementary teacher, Lake Helen

Resources designed to help your wildflower gardens – and gardeners – grow.

Starting your garden
•    Planning your school garden
•    10 Easy Wildflowers
•    10 Easy Wildflowers for Butterflies and Bees

Using your garden
•    Linking your garden to curriculum
•    Teacher resources

 Fun and games
•   Wildflower coloring book (Grades K-5)
•   Wildflower crossword puzzle (Grades 3-5)
•   Wildflower maze (Grades K-2)
•   Wildflower word search (Grades 3-5)

Wild About Wildflowers! Activity Guide

Our 139-page activity guide addresses Florida native wildflowers and their purpose and place in Florida’s unique habitats. Activities are correlated to third- and fourth-grade standards.