The Friends of The Wild Flower Garden, is funding transportation to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden for eligible K-12 Minneapolis Area School Groups.
This program makes it possible for a number of Minneapolis Area school children to come to the Garden for a learning experience and for a rare opportunity to experience the natural world. Many of these children may never have that experience as they simply do not have the funds to make a school trip. The grant will cover up to $170 in transportation fees for eligible groups.
Since the inception of this program in 2009 4,665 students have been able to tour the Garden with class transportation subsidized. The Friends have provided over $15,400 in funding for this program.
Teachers, your group is eligible if you meet the following requirements:
Your school must have a 65% or higher free and reduced lunch population and we will also include classes with a 50% ESL/ELL student population.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board charges $5.00 per student for each 1 hour tour. This small fee covers the cost of staffing each tour with Garden naturalists. If your group is not able to cover the cost of the guided tour, please ask the Wildflower Garden Education Program Lead about reduced fee options.
If your group is eligible for a school visit transportation grant please contact the Wildflower Garden Education Program Lead, to schedule your group’s visit at 612-499-9244 or via email to Minneapolis Parks.
If your class is eligible for our subsidy, a form for payment will be included in the information packet that the Wildflower Garden Education Program Lead sends to you when you book the Garden tour (or download the form here). Funds are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.