No Child Left Inside grants

A youth fishing education programThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the continuation of the No Child Left Inside Grant Program.

Recent and emerging research indicates that students are increasingly disconnected from nature. Getting more people into the outdoors is crucial for the future stewardship of Minnesota's natural resources.


The program aims to support and increase efforts to expand programming that connects youth to the outdoors. Funded by the 2019 Minnesota Legislature with additional funding from the 2021 legislative session, these grants are provided for:

“outdoor environmental, ecological, and other natural-resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.”

(See 2019 Special Session 1, Chapter 4, Article 1, Section 3, Subd. 6)

Multiple phases

The NCLI grant program has multiple phases. Phases 1-3 are complete. Projects funded in phases 1 and 2 are listed below.

Phase 1
Albany Area Fishing TeamNo Child Left Inside Grant ProgramAvon$5,000.00
Anoka-Hennepin School District #11Andover HS Outdoors Adventures BWCAW field tripAndover$5,000.00
ARAA Outdoors (Anoka/Ramsey Athletic Association)Anoka/Ramsey Athletic Association Outdoors ProgramRamsey$5,000.00
Bertha-Hewitt Elementary SchoolOutdoor Learning ClassroomBertha$4,600.00
Buffalo Ridge Gobblers - NWTFHoverball and StickIt Archery SetMarshall$3,000.00
Children's Museum of Southern MinnesotaPrairie's Edge Exploration BackpacksMankato$2,175.00
Chisago CountyRivers are Alive, Aquatic Invasive Species Education for Students in Chisago CountyCenter City$3,500.00
City of Duluth Parks & RecreationConnecting Youth to Nature by SnowshoeingDuluth$5,000.00
Community Education ISD #108Exploring the Great OutdoorsNorwood Young America$3,250.00
Compassionate Rochester MN and Diversity CouncilBird Sleuth Explorer's Guide ClassRochester$770.00
Conservation Corps Minnesota & IowaYouth OutdoorsSaint Paul$5,000.00
Crosslake Community SchoolNo Child Left Inside GrantCrosslake$2,280.00
Dawson Boyd ISD #378Prairie Woods Environmental Learning CenterDawson$2,500.00
Dodge Nature CenterEnvironmental Education ScholarshipsWest Saint Paul$5,000.00
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning CenterScholarships for Outdoor EducationLanesboro$5,000.00
Farmington Area Public SchoolsOutdoor Learning Farmington ElementaryFarmington$5,000.00
Farmington Area Public SchoolsSnowshoes FarmingtonFarmington$4,105.00
Goodhue County Education DistrictStudent Educational Adventures ProgramRed Wing$4,245.00
Great River SchoolFruit Trees for Water QualitySaint Paul$5,000.00
Higher Ground Academy K-12 Charter SchoolIce Fishing at Como LakeSaint Paul$5,000.00
Hopkins Public SchoolsHopkins Preschool Nature PlayHopkins$5,000.00
Jordan Public Schools and Community Education Recreation CenterNordic Ski Equipment PackagesJordan$5,000.00
Kingsland Public SchoolsKingsland Elementary School Outdoor Education ProgramSpring Valley$1,850.00
Kinship of Morrison CountyNo Child Left Inside GrantLittle Falls$4,000.00
Lakeville South Clay Target Team2020 Spring Clay Target Season/ Trap and Skeet ShootingLakeville$5,000.00
Marshall County Central SchoolsNature Based Teacher WorkshopNewfolden$5,000.00
Milaca High SchoolMaple Syrup ProductionMilaca$4,600.00
Minneapolis Nature PreschoolMinneapolis Nature Preschool OutreachMinneapolis$5,000.00
Minneapolis Public SchoolsSouth High School Trout in the ClassroomMinneapolis$2,538.93
Minneapolis Public SchoolsBryn Mawr/ Anwatin Elementary and Middle School ForestMinneapolis$5,000.00
Minnesota State University, MankatoCamp Maverick: Exploring the Great OutdoorsMankato$2,040.00
Minnesota Youth Ski LeagueNo Child Left InsideMinneapolis$4,500.00
Morris Area Schools ISD #27695th Grade ELC TripMorris$1,002.00
North Lakes Academy Charter SchoolOutdoor Learning at Our New SchoolForest Lake$5,000.00
North Shore Community School (NSCS)2019 No Child Left Inside Mini GrantsDuluth$3,527.50
NWCA Baudette Head StartNo Child Left InsideBadger$3,200.00
Owatonna Public SchoolsMcKinley STEAM Elementary School/ WCNAOwatonna$4,560.00
Park Rapids Area SchoolsNo Child Left Inside GrantPark Rapids$3,200.00
Pedal Power MNWebster School BikingMinneapolis$5,000.00
Pillager Public School40 acre School Forest and School Ground Cross Country SkiingPillager$5,000.00
Pine Island Public SchoolEnvironmental and Outdoor EducationPine Island$5,000.00
Ramsey County Parks and RecreationYouth Snowshoe and XC Ski PurchaseMaplewood$4,920.00
Recreational Experiences Achieving Community Harmony (REACH)REACH's Youth Winter and Spring Survivor ProgramsCloquet$5,000.00
Redwood Area Community EducationRedwood Area Community Education Instructional and Safety GrantRedwood Falls$2,500.00
Regents of the University of MinnesotaExpanding Winter Programming at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science ReserveMinneapolis$4,990.00
Riverway Learning Community Charter SchoolOutdoor Learning SpaceWinona$5,000.00
Robbinsdale Area Schools ISD #281School of Engineering and Arts KindergartenGolden Valley$3,000.00
Robbinsdale Area Schools ISD #281Robbinsdale Area School Early Childhood ProgramsNew Hope$555.70
Rockford Area SchoolsRockford School Forest ExplorersRockford$1,400.00
Ruffed Grouse Society Rum River ChapterUpland Bird CampCambridge$850.00
Saint Paul School of Northern LightsNo Child Left Inside GrantSaint Paul$5,000.00
South Washington County SchoolsPark High School to MN Landscape ArboretumCottage Grove$5,000.00
St. Charles Public SchoolsSt. Charles Trap TeamSt. Charles$2,500.00
St. Raphael Catholic SchoolEnvironmental Field TripsSpringfield$2,548.00
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation DistrictAugmented Reality Sand TableWaite Park$5,000.00
The Friends of South High FoundationAll Nations South HighMinneapolis$5,000.00
Thomas E. & Edna D. Carpenter FoundationYouth Snowshoe PurchaseHastings$5,000.00
University of Wisconsin-River FallsTRIO Upward Bound at Washington Technology Magnet SchoolSaint Paul$5,000.00
Upper Mississippi AcademyUMA Hiking Co. No Child Left Inside Mini GrantSaint Paul$5,000.00
Phase 2
Albert Lea Schools ISD 0241Targeting Outdoor EngagementAlbert Lea$23,686.50
Anoka Hennepin Schools ISD 11Winter Ecology and Fish SurveyAnoka$11,550.00
Ardent Outdoor GroupBig Fish and Fry High School Ice Fishing LeagueWest St. Paul$45,440.64
Bertha-Hewitt Public Schools ISD 0786Sporting ClaysBertha$10,000.00
Cannon Falls Public Schools ISD 252Cannon Falls Outdoor Education BlockCannon Falls$5,800.00
City of AnokaYouth Waterfowl Hunting CollaborationAnoka$10,500.00
Deer River Schools ISD 317Gikinawaabi (He or she learns by observation)Deer River$49,938.00
Duluth Public Schools ISD 709Outdoor Learning and Recreation at Recess and After SchoolDuluth$25,000.00
Friends of the Mill DistrictFour Seasons of InclusionMinneapolis$48,120.00
Great River SchoolBack into Nature: A series of natural experiencesSaint Paul$7,750.00
Hancock Public Schools ISD 768"""Owls Outdoors"""Hancock$17,820.00
Headwaters Science Center (HSC)Science Centered OutdoorsBemidji$9,186.78
Hmong College Prep AcademyBass Fishing ClubSt. Paul$5,000.00
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Public Schools ISD 0775Dry Fire Trap Simulator/ Garmin Trap Shooting TrainerKerkhoven$7,079.99
Lower Sioux Indian CommunityYear-Round Dakota Youth Outdoors ProgramMorton$30,520.00
McGregor Public Schools ISD 4All 4 OutdoorsMcGregor$5,000.00
Minneapolis Nature PreschoolPre-K as Incubator and Stimulator of Collaborative, Comprehensive Environmental EdMinneapolis$44,785.00
Nashwauk-Keewatin Public Schools ISD 319Spartan AnglingNashwauk$11,500.00
North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Public Schools ISD 622Inclusion on North's Fishing TeamNorth Saint Paul$6,900.00
Owatonna Public Schools ISD 761OMS Outdoor Classroom Improvement ProjectOwatonna$9,472.00
Pelican Rapids Area Schools ISD 0548Minnesota Climate Safety: enjoying the outdoors in rural MinnesotaPelican Rapids$6,204.26
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning CenterEstablishing 4-Season Mountain Bike Programs at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning CenterSpicer$12,000.00
Redwood Area Schools ISD 2897Medicine Wheel GardenRedwood Falls$7,528.00
Rochester Public Schools ISD 0535Pilot for Archery in Public School Physical Education Curriculum for Rochester Public SchoolsRochester$13,525.00
Rochester Public Schools ISD 0535Nature ConnectionRochester$10,829.00
Saint Paul Public Schools ISD 0625-001Humboldt Hawk Eyes Archery Hunting ClubSaint Paul$8,280.00
Saint Paul Public Schools ISD 0625-001Getting Hooked on the OutdoorsSaint Paul$32,890.00
South Koochiching-Rainy River Public Schools ISD 363Outdoors Arts and Crafts ClassNorthome$5,370.00
Special School District No. 1 (aka Minneapolis Public Schools)Learning Through the SeasonsMinneapolis$35,250.00
St. Charles Public Schools ISD 0858Explore More OutdoorsSt. Charles$5,000.00
St. Croix River AssociationA River for All Youth: Outdoor Education and Recreation at the St. Croix National Scenic RiverwaySt. Croix Falls$49,999.00
Student Angler OrganizationStudent Angler Organization Safety and Angler Participation GrowthHam Lake$49,000.00
Watertown-Mayer Public Schools ISD 111Outdoor AdventuresWatertown$12,365.00
While Bear Lake Area Public Schools ISD 624Ice Fishing Club Field DayWhite Bear Lake$6,000.00
Phase 3

Due to an overwhelming response, the DNR’s No Child Left Inside Phase 3 Mini Grants program is now closed and no longer taking applications. Phase 3 opened on the morning of December 2, 2021, with $200,000 available, which will be used to fund approximately 50 projects.

Future phases

The 2021 Minnesota Legislature provided $900,000 in additional funding to the DNR for the NCLI grant program.

Additional phases are expected to be announced later in 2022 and in early 2023.

If you wish to be notified of future phases of the No Child Left Inside Grant Program, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "Add me to the contact list" or call 888-646-6367.

The DNR extends its thanks to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for the use of "No Child Left Inside."