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Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
P. O. Box 3793
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Student Transportation Grant Program for Garden Visits

Kid in the Garden

The Friends of The Wild Flower Garden, is funding transportation to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden for eligible K-12 Minneapolis Area School Groups.

This program makes it possible for a number of Minneapolis Area school children to come to the Garden for a learning experience and for a rare opportunity to experience the natural world. Many of these children may never have that experience as they simply do not have the funds to make a school trip. The grant will cover bus transportation fees for eligible groups.

Since the inception of this program in 2009 5,446 students have been able to tour the Garden with class transportation subsidized. The Friends have provided over $19,500 in funding for this program.

About The Friends

The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota Non-profit corporation founded in 1952 by a group of private citizens. Our purpose is to educate by enhancing the Garden Visitor’s appreciation and understanding of Minnesota’s native plants and natural environments and to offer assistance for the garden in form of funding and volunteer support. Contact the Friends at their web site:

Teachers, your group is eligible if you meet the following requirements:
Your school must have a 65% or higher free and reduced lunch population and we will also include classes with a 50% ESL/ELL student population.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board charges a fee per student for each 1 hour tour. This small fee covers the cost of staffing each tour with Garden naturalists. If your group is not able to cover the cost of the guided tour, please ask the Wildflower Garden Education Program Lead about the fee schedule.

If your group is eligible for a school visit transportation grant please contact the Wildflower Garden Education Program Lead, to schedule your group’s visit at 612-499-9244 or via email to Minneapolis Parks.

If your class is eligible for our subsidy, a form for payment will be included in the information packet that the Wildflower Garden Education Program Lead sends to you when you book the Garden tour (or download the form here). Funds are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Kids in the Garden