LSF Grant Awards for 2015-16
Last spring, the LSF awarded almost $50,000 in grants to administrators, teachers, and staff on both the Lincoln and Hanscom campuses. The LSF was pleased and impressed with the wide variety of creative grant proposals that dedicated educators submitted. The approved grants covered many areas of the curriculum: science, literacy, art, wellness, technology of many kinds, social studies, and community outreach.

Construction of the Wetlands Walkway…A path that leads to a protected buttonbush plant, a place for scientific investigation and learning about conservation, a space for students and community members to explore wetland plants and animals.

Wetlands Walkway – Opened Spring 2017! 

The LSF is proud to be one of the sponsors of the new Wetlands Walkway that will be available for students and the community to explore the wetland plants and animals. The walkway leads to a protected buttonbush plant and offers opportunities for observation, scientific investigation and conversations about conservation. 

In 2013, the Exploring the Wetlands Grant, written by Terry Green, Mairead Curtis and Mary Sterling, was approved by the LSF.  This kick-started the walkway project by supporting the design of a boardwalk and platform that would extend from the back of Lincoln School K-4 (near the green playground) out over the wetlands, which abut the school property. The project timeline and design changed when it was discovered that the wetlands were deeper than originally calculated and that there was a large buttonbush along the path.  A new solution for eco-friendly pylons was created and the design was re-drawn to loop around the protected buttonbush so the project could move forward.

This community-wide project, led by the Town of Lincoln, the Lincoln Conservation Commission, and the LSF will be open to the public in the spring of 2017.  Much thought went into the design and selection of materials. Temporary boards are lining the path right now, but the actual boardwalk will be constructed with Black Locust wood.  Black locust is a native tree that does not rot.  It is harvested in the late fall/early winter and will then be milled in the Berkshires before being installed in the early part of 2017 depending on snowfall.

LSF supported a second grant, awarded in 2014, that supports the design of curriculum for pre-K through eighth grade built around the observation trail.  This curriculum work will take place in the summer and includes exploration of New England weather trends, invasive species, as well as nature-infused connections to many disciplines other than science.