The Porkies provide a wonderful outdoor classroom and the Friends helps educators and students get into the woods. Our most important vehicle for promoting classroom visits to the park is the Mini-Grants Program. Annually, educators request funds to help pay for transportation to the park and materials for their activities facilitated by the park naturalist. These funds also support general education programs presented at the park by experts in various fields.
Since 2010 the Friends of the Porkies has received a Keweenaw Heritage Grant from the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission. These funds along with the matching gift from the Friends make these local school field trips possible for youth in our area. Education programs for the general public that have been funded through the grant include performances by a Finnish dance troupe, a performance and lessons on the Kantilla, and nocturnal birds/ bats/birds of prey demonstrations.