Mentoring Program

Outdoor Instruction Mentoring Program

Teach Outdoors! Minnesota is offering up to 20 mentorship opportunities for PreK-12 teachers. Each mentorship will work to develop and enhance outdoor instruction through guidance, role modeling, and educational resources.

Purpose: To build teachers’ own comfort levels and skills teaching and managing classes outdoors, under the guidance of a seasoned mentor.

Outcome: Mentees will lead students outside for one more lessons on their own during the 2021-2022 school year.

Each mentees will receive a $100 stipend at the end of their mentorship (April-June, 2022).

Who is Eligible?

Applicant must:

  • Be a current PreK-12 classroom teacher (public, private, or charter) in Minnesota

  • Have a desire to begin or advance outdoor instruction in their classroom

  • Have little to no outdoor instruction experience in their current classroom

Teachers do not need to have a developed outdoor classroom to participate. Mentors can work on school grounds, nearby nature spaces, or other outdoor spaces.


  • Meet in-person with mentor for an initial school grounds/outdoor classroom walk

  • Meet in-person or virtually with mentor a minimum of 3 additional times throughout the year

  • Document outcomes. Provide documentation of outdoor instruction with students throughout the year (e.g. photos, student quotes, written statements, list of activities completed, etc.)

  • Complete year-end evaluation to provide feedback on the program.


Sept 30, 2021 - Applications period opens

October 20, 2021 - Application period ends. Applications are reviewed and rated

October 28, 2021 - Mentees receive notifications if accepted or not. Mentors and mentees will begin to plan their first meeting time.

April – June 2022 - Mentees complete the program. Each mentee will send documentation and stipend form to mentor and complete online evaluation.

Read the Mentoring Program Information page to learn more.

Mentoring Program Documents

Mentoring Program Information - This document provides all the details including requirements, selection process, and timeline.

Application Rating Form - Provides raters with a rating scale to help with the selection process.

Application Form - Use this online survey to apply for the mentoring program.

Interested in volunteering to be a mentor?

Read the Mentor Information and contact Karen Harrison for more details.

Special Thanks to Our Partners

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for providing funds to make this program possible.

MAEE for acting as the fiscal agent to provide payment to teachers at the end of the mentorship program.