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Friends of the Wildflower Garden
P. O. Box 3793
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Student Transportation Grant Program for Garden Visits

Kid in the Garden

The Friends of The Wildflower Garden funds transportation costs 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 bus transportation fees for eligible groups.

We paid $3,300 in 2023 to bring 12 groups to the Wildflower Garden. Since the inception of this program in 2009 over 5,400 students have been able to tour the Garden with class transportation subsidized. The Friends have provided over $22,800 in funding for this program.

About The Friends

The Friends of the Wildflower Garden, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota Non-profit corporation founded in 1952 by a group of private citizens. Our purpose is to educate by enhancing the Garden Visitor’s appreciation and understanding of Minnesota’s native plants and natural environments and to offer assistance for the garden in form of funding and volunteer support. Contact the Friends at their web site:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board charges a fee per student for each 1 hour program. Information about program options can be found Wildflower Garden's website page. This small fee covers the cost of staffing each program with Garden naturalists. If your group is not able to cover the cost of the guided program, please ask the Wildflower Garden staff about the fee schedule by emailing

If your group is eligible for a school visit transportation grant and would like to take the next step, please complete two forms on the Wildflower Garden’s webpage. One form is for requesting a program and one form is for requesting transportation funding. Go the activities and amenities tab to find the links to these forms or use these links:    Program request form. -- Transportation Grant form.

All the forms mentioned here are also on the Garden's website page.

If your class is eligible for a transportation grant, a form for payment will be included in the information packet that Wildflower Garden staff send to you when you book the Garden program (or download the form here). Funds are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Kids in the Garden