K-12 Educational Partnerships

K-12 Educational Partnerships

Cedar Park Elementary students at the Bell MuseumBell Museum of Natural History
Through lively tours, classroom offerings, professional development and educational tools developed by university faculty and museum curators, the Bell helps teachers to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The museum's programs are designed for students of all ages and teachers of all levels.

Children's Garden
The Children's Garden at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn., is part of the horticulture gardens at the center. The Children's Garden has eight individual gardens each with fun and interactive activities.

This website for teachers and students of all grade levels who want to learn more about forests and management of forests.

The FFA organization is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Gopher Dairy Camp
Activity camp for 4-H and FFA youth. This three-day camp is in June and is for children who have completed grades 6-11. Activities include dairy workshops, dairy showmanship, ag Olympics and dairy judging.

Jerome Jacobsen at the Minnesota Youth Institute with World Food Prize LaureateInsect Collection
Classes may tour the 8th-largest university bug collection, with more than 3.3 million specimens. The museum is located on the St. Paul campus. To schedule a class tour, contact curator@umn.edu.

Ecology Fair
The Insect Fair offers an opportunity for students to display their research projects in a science fair-like setting. Anyone may attend as a visitor, but student researchers must be in at least 4th grade to participate.

Minnesota Youth Institute
The Institute gives high school students the opportunity to present their research and interact with leaders in the drive to end world hunger. Six students are selected each year to represent the state at the Global Youth Institute, part of World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa.

Junior Master Gardener
The Junior Master Gardener program's mission is "to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education." This program is an international youth gardening program of the University Cooperative Extension Network that teaches youth independent and group leaning experiences, life/skill career exploration and the fundamentals of gardening.

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom program promotes understanding and awareness of the importance of agriculture. This program provides materials and programs to incorporate in the K-12 curriculum about agriculture.

Karen Oberhauser teaches Monarchs in the Classroom for gradeshoolersMinnesota Council on Economic Education
The MCEE provides professional development opportunities to K-12 classroom educators who teach economics and personal finance. They offer workshops, courses, summer camps, student contests, and teaching awards.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Tens of thousands of children participate in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's hands-on, science-based learning programs each year. Highly organized and packed with activity, Arboretum field trips use gardens, greenhouses and research plots to address science standards in every season. Teachers can also bring the Arboretum to their classroom through the Plantmobile. The Arboretum also offers summer camps each year.

Monarchs in the Classroom
This program, started by Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology professor Karen Oberhauser, is a unique learning opportunity for students to obtain a solid background in the behavior, ecology, and evolution of monarch butterflies. By observing the life cycle of the monarch, students not only get to communicate interactively with scientists, but better understand the biology of the monarch. This program offers many courses, workshops, and student projects.

Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an environmental education program that uses forests to explain our complex environment. This program offers workshops to educators facilitated by DNR volunteer facilitators and natural resource professionals.

Student at University on the PrairieRaptor Center
The Raptor Center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. In addition to treating approximately 800 birds a year, the center offers field trips, programs, classes, and camps.

Schoolyard Ecology Explorations
Teachers can gain expertise in ecological research, natural history and sustainability through summer workshops. Learn how to use schoolyards as a site for student investigations into the natural world. Expand schoolyard gardens through the Schoolyard Garden Grant.

University on the Prairie
University on the Prairie takes students in grades 8-10 through 3 days of engaging hands-on experiences that will allow them to explore careers in the science-based areas of healthcare, food science, environmental science, and engineering. This program is at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn.