As Minnesota’s state Zoo, we are committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to all our citizens – regardless of age, geographic location, disability or background. “Zoo Unlimited” is our community outreach and access initiative that unites a wide range of programs and policies designed to ensure every Minnesotan has unlimited opportunities to form stronger connections with the natural world. Legacy funds help us implement this program and bridge barriers that keep people from connecting with all the Zoo has to offer.
Wilderness Inquiry will connect more than 7,500 youth to their local lands and waterways through place-based education and hands-on outdoor experiences. These experiences will focus on the cultural history of the area to connect students to Minnesota's rich outdoor heritage. Of the 7,500 youth, more than 800 will take part in overnight and multi-day camping, training, and service learning trips throughout the state of Minnesota to deepen their connection to place and stewardship ethic.
Minnesota's twelve regional library systems, which encompass more than 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, can benefit from a portion of the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, each regional library system is eligible to receive a formula-driven allocation from the annual $2.5 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Arrowhead Library System (ALS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in northeastern Minnesota.