The lives of children and families are greatly enriched when they have the opportunity to experience nature directly. Time spent learning about the environment enhances classroom learning, helps to better connect students to their local communities and gain a deeper sense of place.
We want children and youth to learn about the environment so that they understand the natural world and are better positioned to make informed decisions about how to care for it. We seek to ensure children have an opportunity to learn in and about the natural world alongside family members, as those are rich opportunities for families to gain newfound knowledge together.
What We Fund
The Local Grantmaking Program funds environmental education programs that enhance classroom learning, expose children and families to the diverse environmental landscapes and resources found in our local area, and offer hands-on learning opportunities that promote environmental stewardship.