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Supporting environmental education in Wisconsin since 1986

Connecting people to nature through education

Many people feel a strong connection to the outdoors because someone—a teacher, family member, or friend—brought them outside and introduced them to the beauty of the natural world. Having that personal connection to nature is important for the health and well-being of people, communities, and our natural resources.

At the Natural Resources Foundation, we are committed to connecting people to nature, by investing in education programs that have a significant impact, and provide meaningful experiences for children and adults to connect to Wisconsin’s great outdoors.

Dollars to education

Children learning outdoors

Education grants funded

Our education strategy


We offer critical funding opportunities to educators, schools, nature centers, and other education partners for efforts that engage youth and adults in hands-on, meaningful environmental education.


Provide a direct connection to Wisconsin’s natural resources through our Field Trip program. We also offer international trips that bring Wisconsinites closer to conservation efforts around the world.


We seek to engage the public in conservation efforts by supporting citizen-based monitoring, citizen-supported restoration projects, and other volunteer opportunities around the state.

Diversity in Conservation Internship Program

NRF’s DICI Program provides meaningful experiences for undergraduates interested in careers in natural resource conservation. The program encourages applicants from underrepresented groups or disadvantaged backgrounds, and previous conservation or environmental science background or education is not required to apply.

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Help us strengthen environmental education in Wisconsin.

Impact in Action

2024-2027 Strategic Plan

2024-2027 Strategic Plan

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s staff and board of directors are proud to announce our new strategic plan. Thank you for being a part of this important work!

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Banner photo by Tianna Borchardt.