Program Supporters

Program Partners

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is a nonprofit environmental learning center, committed to providing outstanding environmental education and outdoor experiences to people of all ages.  Deeply rooted in our Kandiyohi County community, we reach out to provide services for communities across Minnesota and the upper Midwest.


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Laurentian Environmental Center is a public residential educational facility in Britt, MN that combines science, environmental education, leadership training, and outdoor skills recreation programs. It is owned and operated by Mounds View Public Schools for use by people from throughout Minnesota and the Midwest.


Ney LogoThe Ney Environmental Education Foundation operates the Ney Nature Center (NNC), a 446-acre Environmental Learning Center and Le Sueur County Park located on the bluffs of the Minnesota River near Henderson, Minnesota. It is open to the public for hiking, bird-watching, and X-C skiing. It also serves as a regional teaching station for NNC Programing, local school groups, and Community Education.



Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC) is a public, non-profit agency in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. LCSC was created by the legislature to provide regional services to school districts, local government and non-profit organizations. LCSC is in the forefront of providing innovative educational programming and services designed to support school and student success.


Major Program Funders

Funding for this project was provided by the MN Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on MN resources (LCCMR). The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. Currently 40% of net Minnesota State Lottery proceeds are dedicated to building the Trust Fund and ensuring future benefits for Minnesota’s environment and natural resources.


The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a single connection offering unlimited possibilities to grow and promote people, businesses, entrepreneurs and communities in rural southwest Minnesota. To learn more regarding the Foundation and please visit



McK_logoStackThe McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $88 million in 2014.


Additional Program Funders

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Program Resource Partners


South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC), based in North Mankato, is one of nine regional service cooperative agencies who offer programs and services that are member driven to utilize resources in the most efficient and effective manner possible.