Environmental and Outdoor Educators of Minnesota strive to build a deeper appreciation and understanding of our natural world by engaging with children and the public through lessons and outreach programs. Covid-19 has hit our community of educators hard. With the spread of the pandemic, many educational facilities throughout the state have had to dramatically scale back their efforts or close their doors completely. A majority of environmental educators rely on seasonal positions which do not have safety nets such as unemployment benefits or furlough status. In an effort to help environmental and outdoor educators survive these setbacks, we are raising money to help supplement the loss of income (relief for loss of income) that has resulted from these Covid-19 related closures. Our goal is to award $500 grants to 100 educators in need to help survive these trying times.
Who would this benefit?
- Environmental Educators who work at nature centers to engage the public and run programs.
- Outdoor Educators who work at city and county parks to engage the public and run programs.
- Seasonal staff who work at a variety of such centers who have lost out on positions due to changes wrought by the pandemic.
- Additional staff who work behind the scenes to keep these facilities running (animal care specialists, program outreach coordinators, volunteer coordinators, and many others).