Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 9:30am

Once again Nature Net: The Environmental Learning Network is encouraging teachers and their classrooms to get out, enjoy nature and learn from the world around us.

To that end, Nature Net is offering $80 reimbursement per bus for trips to Nature Net member sites. If your classroom or grade-level team is planning to take two thematically related environmental field trips this year, you may be eligible for funding. The program also offers incentive to teacher-mentors who introduce new teachers and staff to a Nature Net site by taking them along on the trip and helping them to understand the value of outdoor experiences. 

Did you know that outdoor learning and time spent in nature is linked to higher standardized test scores, better concentration and self-discipline, and a reduction in stress (sounds good for teachers, too!)? Nature Net can help with ideas, resources and funding for your outdoor experiences - visit for more info and to fill out the online application for bus reimbursement. 

Nature Net Member sites include: Aldo Leopold Foundation, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Bethel Horizons, Community GroundWorks, Dane County Parks, Henry Vilas Zoo, International Crane Foundation, MacKenzie Center, Madison Children's Museum, Madison Conservation Parks, MMSD School Forest & Cherokee Marsh, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Upham Woods, UW Arboretum and UW Geology Museum.

Questions? Contact Betsy Parker, Nature Net, at (608) 216-9377 or

« Return to staff e-news