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Ms. Seim from Saint Cloud MN is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Preschool Outdoor Exploration: Where does Maple Syrup Come From?

Help me give my students an opportunity to learn through outdoor exploration with the educated team at St. Johns University.

  • $171 goal

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My Students

Field trips are without a doubt the highlight of many school learning experiences. Our early childhood preschool programs provide opportunities for 4-5 year olds in our community to socialize, engage and enjoy learning. We recognize the importance of hands on learning opportunities, and have partnered with a local college to help kids take their learning outside as they explore topics like how we get maple syrup from a tree, how animals survive the winter, and how to identify animal tracks and habits.

Outdoor, hands-on experiences provide our preschool students with a whole new outlook on the world we live in and who we share it with.

What better way for a child to learn about nature and where their food comes from than to actually go collect sap and see the process of turning maple sap into syrup? What better way to help a child understand how animals survive winter than to bundle up and actually take them to the forest?

My Project

Preschool children love to explore the world around them, but not every child has the opportunity to explore the outdoor world around them.

Many of our students have no idea where the food in grocery stores come from, or that people can actually use resources in nature to make their own food!

Funding for our preschoolers would provide them the opportunity to take knowledge they learn in our classroom about tapping trees and making maple syrup to an actual hands on experience at the sugar bush tapping trees. The second visit to this local forest would provide them an opportunity to see for themselves how animals in Minnesota survive the winter. This funding would allow us to take our classroom outside and apply what they've learned to a real life experience in the forest as they look for tracks and animal signs.

Ms. Seim
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 40 students.

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Transportation Trobecs Bus Company $113.39

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