Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Environmental Funders Network Gathering: Focus on Nature-Based Education

Onion Foundation - Chewonki Foundation
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 -
9:00am to 3:00pm EDT
The Commons at Pineland Farms
59 Pineland Drive, New Gloucester, ME
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Join the Environmental Funders Network on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Pineland Farms, to learn about the robust efforts in Maine to connect people, particularly children, with nature.

Audience:  Grantmakers, philanthropic advisors

About the Program

In addition to hearing from Maine organizations leading the nature-based work, we welcome Jason Morris, a Senior Program officer at the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco and Chair of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, a national collaborative supporting environmental literacy and stronger connections to nature. Jason will share his perspective as a national funder in environmental education.

This all-day program will bring together Maine practitioners who deliver nature-based education through experiential learning, play, and/or environmental education.  The event, for funders only, will provide a view of current efforts and allow for small group discussion to further your understanding of the context and opportunities to advance these efforts in Maine. Your registration includes lunch at the beautiful Pineland campus in New Gloucester, only 30 minutes from Portland.


Quimby Foundation - Maine School Garden Network
Quimby Foundation - Maine School Garden Network

The evidence is clear that connecting youth learning to the natural environment has positive impacts. The Children and Nature Network’s research indicates improved outcomes in health and wellbeing and academic performance.  Maine has ready access to natural landscapes and a strong network of practitioners who operate in a variety of settings: schools, camps, childcare centers, and in partnership with community-based organizations. Maine’s nature-based programs are supported through volunteers, school budgets, parent-teacher organizations, individuals’ donations and philanthropic contributions from funders.

Recently, state efforts have garnered national attention. In early 2020, the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco awarded a grant to an alliance of strong Maine organizations working in nature and community-based environmental learning. The award will further the capacity to generate a platform for systems-wide change in Maine, focusing on strengthening professional development for the field and in building capacity within established networks.


Quimby Foundation - ELLMs Collaborative

You’ll learn about opportunities for Maine funders to support both policy level and grassroots efforts that will further facilitate access to the outdoors, measure and report impact, and ensure that Maine children learn within and feel connected to Maine’s natural world.


Registration is $50 and includes light morning snacks, lunch, and a discount coupon for Pineland’s Market. Location: The Commons at Pineland, 59 Pineland Drive, New Gloucester.

Top image caption: Onion Foundation - Chewonki Foundation

Special Accomodations

Do you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this program? Please contact Ellen Maling at as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs.

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