Explore Your Outdoors

Summer offers a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy warmer weather. It also reminds us that it’s important to keep our environment clean and cared for. Benefits.gov offers a variety of resources related to environmental sustainability and conservation listed below.

Are you an agricultural producer or landowner?
Agricultural producers and landowners play a large role in preserving our natural resources and land. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Stewardship Program provides producers with payments to maintain and improve their existing conservation systems, and adopt new conservation activities. The Environment Quality Incentives Program offers technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers to address soil, water, air and other natural resource concerns on their land. In addition, the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) provides financial assistance to landowners to help restore, protect and enhance forestland resources on private lands. HFRP helps in recovering endangered or threatened species while improving our land’s biological diversity.

Interested in environmental education?
The Tribal Colleges Education Equity Program assists eligible academic institutions in developing a formal education curriculum in food, agricultural, and natural resource sciences. Also, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards Program encourages the study of how chemical and physical agents cause internal human changes that lead to disease. The National Institute of Environment Health Sciences funds the educational grants for eligible students with the goal of better understanding how our environment affects our health.

Looking to learn more?
You can find further information on each of the programs above and more in the Environmental Sustainability/ConservationU.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services categories on Benefits.gov. 

Environmental Sustainability/Conservation