Discount seeds are just some of the offerings available to garden educators through the National Gardening Association. Application information for all of the following programs is available from the NGA, www.kidsgardening.com or the National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403.

• The deadline is Sept. 30 to apply for a Hooked on Hydroponics Award, sponsored by the NGA and the Hydroponics Merchants Association.

• Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants, ranging from $50 to $1,000 for projects such as stream clean-up, outdoor classrooms, gardens and schoolyard restoration. Formal and nonformal educators who have had PLT training are invited to apply by Sept. 30 for grants for service-learning projects that address environmental issues.

• State Farm Good Neighbor provides service-learning grants of up to $1,000 for youths, teachers and service-learning coordinators to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2005). National Youth Service Day, which mobilizes youth to address community needs through service and service-learning, supports a lifelong path of service and civic engagement, and informs the public and policy makers about the year-round contributions of young people. The application deadline is Oct. 18.

• America the Beautiful offers discounted seeds as part of its "Take Pride in America" program. Plant seed in your schoolyard, outdoor classroom, local park or other space to beautify and preserve America's lands and resources. Shipping and handling fees for the first set of 200 seed packets is $14.95. Additional sets of 200 packets are available for $5 per set.

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