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Barbara P
174 Moody Street
(Greater Boston Area)
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28 High School students start Monday July 8!

the project

Our goal is to design and deliver the most engaging and empowering outdoor environmental education programs as possible that help students grades 2 through 12 experience STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). The mission of Meadowscaping for Biodiversity is to expose youth to these disciplines while empowering them to address real-world challenges to the environment and our society. As an organization we firmly believe that responsible people have the power to effect positive change and gain a wealth of new skills. Our hope is that our students leave our programs with both new skills and the belief that they can make a difference.

Our largest project is the Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP), where students plant native meadows and sell/install native plants for other organizations and customers. We are looking to raise money so that we can elevate YEEP to the next level. The money raised through this page specifically will be used for plant and tool purchases, as well as salaries for our college summer interns who help run the show on a more day to day level with our students. This year we are expanding the reach of our program into to more areas: Rock Meadow in Belmont, Mass. and through various areas around Newton, Mass. With your help, we can make the first year at these new locations extra special.  

More information about us available at: 

the steps

1. Purchase native plants 

2. Complete hiring of our college interns

3. Purchase of tools and other accessory items

4. Putting on the best summer program yet!

why we're doing it

We want to educate next generations so that they feel empowered to make change, especially when it comes to the environment, biodiversity loss, and climate change.  One of the greatest ways to do this is to teach them about these topics and then aid in their exploration of them by planting native meadows. Meadows filled with hardy, drought tolerant native plants which appeal to bees, caterpillars, butterflies, and birds help restore biodiverse habitats which are essential to plant, animal, and human life. They also supplant invasive species, cool the earth, and soak up rainwater, preventing deluges from polluting our streams, rivers, and oceans—and, thus, protecting our water supply. In addition, after the first month, native plants thrive without intensive watering. Ultimately, we just want out students to engage with the native environment in an enriching and fulfilling way while informing them of the amazing changes that they can facilitate that will help save the planet. 


Disbursed Budget:

Tools, snacks, and educational materials for one (of 3) sites: $585.52

Cost of native flower, shrub, and grass purchases for one (of 2) student-led plant sales involving 85 plants: $620.00

Stipend for one (of 3) college students (Vee) who worked 295 hours @$15/hour $4,425.00

Reimbursement for college student transportation to 3 program sites 163.60

TOTAL RAISED = $6,336.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $316.80
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $190.08

Original Budget:

Tools, soil, and educational materials: $2,500 

Native flower, shrub, and grass purchases: $5,000

College student stipend portion: $7,500

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $465
TOTAL TO RAISE = $15,500



28 High School students start Monday July 8!

Our Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Progam (YEEP) starts Monday with 28 high school students from Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Newton & Waltham! They're psyched and so are we.

We still need to raise $10,000 so if you know anyone who wants to invest in the combined causes of healthy youth development and wildlife habitat restoration, please share this information with them! Our students can sell you native plants, too!  Thank you. Sincerely, Barbara, Jean and our college student staff - Meredith, Taina and Vee.

MS4B - What your donation helps us buy!

We are hiring three college students to be team leaders/mentors for a total of 935 hours (approximately $14,000). The sites for our Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship programs (Belmont, Cambridge, Newton & Waltham) can accommodate up to 32 high school students, whose salaries are mostly covered by City- or grant-funded summer youth employment programs. Below is what your gift helps us purchase. Any amount is welcome! We also seek in-kind donations of new or used (in good shape) gardening tools, including wagons, hoses, shovels, trowels, bird houses, bird feeders, or super soil (50% compost, 50% topsoil) etc. Call 781-209-0052 to make arrangements. Thanks!


$10 Four energy bars


$15 1 hour of a college student team leader/mentor’s salary 


$35  1 educational sign installed at a customer site


$45  1 100 ft. durable hose


$50  3 - 4 native plants donated to YEEP business inventory, public park or cemetery (where allowed)


$75  1 student field kit: sun hat, gardening gloves, t-shirt, field journal, 

clippers, suntan lotion, water bottle.


$80  3 native plants and 1 native shrub donated to a public park or cemetery (where allowed)


$90  1 sturdy bird bath for a native-plant garden/wildlife habitat


$150 12 native plants for YEEP students’ business inventory, public park or cemetery (where allowed)


$175 275 gal. water cube for water storage (used in Yr 1 to establish meadow garden that is a far distance from water)


$300 24 native plants for YEEP business inventory, public park or cemetery (where allowed)


$500 40 native plants for YEEP business inventory, public park or cemetery (where allowed)


$1,500 Mini-meadow (100 sq. ft.) -- 35 native plants, 20 native shrubs 5 native grasses for YEEP business inventory, public park or cemetery (where allowed)


$5,000 1 college intern/team leader/mentor full summer salary


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Julia S.
  • Tom Easton
  • Chris & Linda Iliff
  • Julie Mullen & John Sullivan
  • Anonymous
  • Yonghong Xiao
  • Dan Krasnow
  • Mary, Tom, Will & Sam Jackmin
  • Karen Albert
  • Cyndy & Armond Spikell
  • jody adams
  • Cathie Zusy & Sam Kendall
  • Russ Cohen
  • Anonymous
  • Walter Kittredge
  • Anonymous
  • Lynette Koslo
  • Stephanie W.
  • Celia Kent
  • Janice Zimmer
  • Amy M
  • Anonymous
  • Caroline
  • Harriet
  • Thomas O'Connell
  • Sarah Zepeda
  • kim c.
  • Timothy Kerrigan
  • Jonathan Cohen
  • Anonymous
  • Joe Beebe
  • Betsy Devine
  • Susan Hirshberg
  • Kevin Devine
  • skye
  • Farrah L.
  • Phil Chisholm
  • Jeffrey North
  • Eli Waxler
  • Sophie Gordon
  • Brittany W.
  • Regan
  • Gianna