Lottery Dollars Benefit Minnesota's Outdoor Classrooms

November 2, 2016 | Comment



The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is helping to bring education to the great outdoors for K–12 students around the state.

The DNR’s outdoor school forest program creates meaningful, hands-on learning experiences in local forests that serve as a backdrop for a variety of subjects, including art, math, social studies, science and physical education.

We caught up with Karen Harrison, the DNR’s school forest specialist, to get a glimpse into the innovative program that’s helping change the way students connect education to their local environment.

Watch the video to learn about how Minnesota Lottery dollars are being used to expand the DNR’s outdoor school forest program through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

In fiscal year 2016, the Lottery contributed more than $144 million to state programs, including $38 million to the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The Trust Fund helps finance a variety of environmental programs that help to preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment. 

Since inception, the Lottery has contributed more than $2.7 billion to help make Minnesota an even better place.

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