The Union Pacific Foundation and the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council awarded grants to the CMSM to support nature-based play initiatives.

MAELC Guiding Principles recognize that Minnesota is stronger when people understand the importance of agriculture and that it is essential for agriculture education to serve youth and adults. The grant of $4,875 will support a variety of activities such as:

  • Pollinator program
  • Engage young visitors in garden programming
  • Visiting farm animal program
  • Egg incubating, chick hatching, and poultry programming
  • Plan crops and gardens with Ag students & FFA members
  • Collaborate and coordinate around project activities with St. Peter/Maple River/Mankato High School Ag Teachers and FFA Advisors

The Union Pacific grant of $5,000 supports outdoor exploration that will take wing when young audiences engage in dynamic hands-on learning activities associated with pollinators, prairie ecosystems, and nature-based play! Children will discover how to use the learning tools found in Exploration Backpacks and Pollinator Kits and will enjoy a nature-based play exhibit’s highly interactive features. Through hands-on tools, programming, and exhibit experiences, natural resource learning will be inspired for young visitors while at the Museum, at home, in their neighborhoods, and when visiting local parks, prairies, and other natural areas located throughout our region.