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Minnesota Landscape Analysis Partnership

The Minnesota Landscape Analysis Partnership (MLAP) is composed of organizations dedicated to building statewide environmental stewardship through equitable access to the outdoors and environmental programming. The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE), the Minnesota Children and Nature Connection (MnCNC), Wilderness Inquiry (WI), and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering with the Gen:Thrive Program at EcoRise to dedicate time, expertise, and coordination to help achieve this goal. The Minnesota Landscape Analysis Project aims to enable Minnesota organizations and schools to focus their efforts where it matters most with the ultimate goal of ensuring that every Minnesotan has equitable access to environmental education and outdoor opportunities.

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Gen:Thrive, a program of EcoRise, is a collaborative initiative that provides shared data and technology tools to accelerate sustainability and advance health, equity and climate resilience in K–12 schools.

Project Overview

The Minnesota Landscape Analysis Project aims to provide information, tools, and coordination that will result in equitable access and opportunities to environmental education and outdoor experiences for all Minnesotans. This project includes: a comprehensive study of the environmental education already happening on the ground, tools to enable the identification of gaps and barriers to access that prevent successful implementation statewide, recommendations and next steps for increasing access to environmental education and outdoor programs, and state-wide coordination of efforts to ensure successful implementation.  Funding for the comprehensive study and development of tools has been provided by Jeffers Foundation and EcoRise.


Project Partners

MAEE: Our mission is to support and advance environmental education throughout the state. MAEE strengthens the role of education as a solution to our environmental and societal challenges. We serve environmental education (EE) professionals, students, K-12 educators, and their allies.


MnCNC: The Minnesota Children and Nature Connection is an alliance of individuals, organizations and communities engaged in a movement to connect children and families to nature. MnCNC seeks to build awareness of the developmental, social, emotional and health benefits of connecting children and families to the natural world.


WI: Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people of all ages, backgrounds, identities, and abilities through shared outdoor adventures so that all people can equitably experience the benefits of time spent in nature.


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