Minnesota Junior Master Naturalist Program

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$365,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
University of Minnesota
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2011
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Planning
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Chp. 2, Art.3, Sec. 2, Subd. 08b
Appropriation Language

$365,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to expand the junior naturalist after-school programs. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2014, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$365,000
Direct expenses
$365,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
4.85
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Children are spending increasingly less time outdoors and are often failing to develop an appreciation and connection with nature. This has implications for children's health as well as their knowledge about science, the environment, and the world. In the long term this also impacts the broad public awareness and understanding necessary to ensure long-term protection and stewardship of our environment and natural resources. In order to help reverse this trend the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are partnering to expand and further develop an after-school program that provides outdoor, science-based educational opportunities for fourth and fifth grade students, particularly in underserved areas, to learn about the ecology and natural history of their schoolyards, neighborhoods, nearby natural areas, and the state.

Project Details
Project Manager
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Blair
Organization Name
U of MN
Street Address
1980 Folwell Ave, #200
City
St Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108
Phone
(651) 644-1591
Email
blairrB@umn.edu