What we Fund

Water testing Citizen Science

Kids practice water testing.

The Go Outside (GO) Fund was established to connect students and teachers with outdoor learning experiences that integrate what they learn in the classroom with real world experience. The GO Fund provides teachers with funding to make field experiences happen. Teachers (or partner organizations) may apply for grants up to $1,000 to fund field supplies, transportation, substitute teachers, or assistance from resource professionals and educators.

Learn about our special funding opportunities for schoolyard butterfly gardens and school forests.

How to Apply

The grant process is open to teachers or partner organizations (must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization or government agency).

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with Foundation staff prior to submission.

Grant contact:

Caitlin Williamson
Director of Conservation Programs
[email protected]
(608) 266-1430


Eligible Projects

  • Projects must be based in Wisconsin.
  • Funds can be used to support: field supplies; transportation; substitute teacher costs; or educator fees.
  • Projects must have a significant component of children being outdoors.
  • Projects must demonstrate how they are connected to learning (i.e., a curriculum or standard).
  • Past grant recipients must submit a grant report prior to applying for additional funding.

Application Instructions

  1. Fill out the application in full.
  2. Provide the following supporting documentation:
    • Proof of tax-exempt status (partner organizations only)
    • Letter of support from a DNR-Natural Heritage Conservation specialist in the project area (only required if the project involves habitat manipulation, or stocking plant or wildlife species);
    • Letter of support from the DNR property manager (only required if the applicant is a Friends’ group of a Wisconsin State Park property).
  3. Submit all materials to [email protected]. Applications must be emailed. Hard copy and faxed applications will not be accepted.


Grant Awards

Maximum grant is $1,000. Average grant is $500. No match required.

Grant Timing

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The review committee meets quarterly. Applicants will be notified within three months of submission. A project report is due within one year of receiving funding, and prior to applying for another grant from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

Examples of projects that have been funded:

  • Mrs. Bruening’s 8th grade class studied forest density at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.
  • Mr. Whalen’s 4th graders investigated water quality while canoeing Pepin Lake.
  • Ms. Charlesworth’s 11th graders studied plant adaptations at their school forest.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients are required to submit a project report within one year of receiving the grant, and prior to applying for another grant from the Foundation. Project report forms are available on our website WisConservation.org/grants. Reports must include at least two high-quality, compelling photographs, which may be used by the Foundation for marketing purposes.


Donate to the GO Fund

Your donation can help send a classroom outdoors! Make a donation to the Go Outside Fund by sending a check to the Natural Resources Foundation (include GO Fund in the memo line), or by donating online (in the special designation section, select “GO Fund”).