MNA's Environmental Education Fund

In a world of video games, cell phones, earbuds, surround sound theaters and mega-movies, providing today's kids the chance to experience nature in a direct, tactile way is one of the greatest challenges. 

Since its founding in 1952, MNA has been working to connect children and nature. Twenty years before the Endangered Species Act, MNA’s founding leaders were traveling to school districts to teach kids about the need to protect rare, threatened and endangered species.

In many ways, their work continues today. MNA’s statewide network of nature sanctuaries offer a broad array of “places of initiation” where students, teachers and families can explore Michigan’s rich natural heritage. 

MNA has launched a program that provides financial assistance to teachers to help cover the cost of transportation and equipment for class field trips to natural areas. Field trip grants are some of the many ways education plays a central role in MNA’s conservation strategies.

To contribute to the Environmental Education Fund, visit the Donations page. The Fund supports the field trip grant program and our work with schools and teachers.

Apply for a Field Trip Grant:

MNA will be offering grants to teachers for field trips in the fall and spring of the 2019-2020 school year.   Application materials and deadlines will be posted soon.  The 2018-2019 Field Trip Grant FAQ, available below, does provide helpful information about the program overall. Questions?  Contact Julie at

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