Mini-Grant Programs

Discovering Copper

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.

This is the 11th year the Friends has funded school trips for students to learn about the importance of copper the Porkies history. In 2021, the Friends created the “Nonesuch Mine” video so students all over the country can discover copper from their classroom. Thanks to a grant from Keweenaw National Historical Park the Park continues to help students explore the park in person or through videos. You can purchase the Nonesuch Mine video at

Mini-Grant Application Form

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Kids Outdoor Skills Academy Grant Application Spring and Fall 2024


This grant application is for teachers looking to bring students on a field trip to the  Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to learn a new outdoor skill.  

There are a variety of Outdoor Skill Programs to choose from:  

Archery, knot tying, compass skills, shelter building, and much more! 

Email completed applications to:  

This grant can be used toward busing cost and other field-trip expenses.  

Remember this is a first-come first-serve award process, so send in  application as soon as possible. Funding is awarded by date of application received. 

This grant is made possible through fundraising efforts. Help keep the program going  by supplying examples to show the effectiveness of the trip. Photographs, student  writings or artwork on their education experience shared with us will help for future  fundraising.