Who We Are

The School of Environmental Studies Education Foundation (SESEF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community foundation dedicated to supporting the excellent education of students in the School of Environmental Studies.

The foundation, established in 1999, is composed of volunteer parents, faculty and citizens interested in the success of the School of Environmental Studies and its students.

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Who We Support

Opened in 1995 as a unique partnership between Independent School District 196, the City of Apple Valley, and the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Zoo), the School of Environmental Studies (SES) is a response to the well-documented need to create smaller, more effective learning communities providing authentic learning experiences.

SES Vision

The School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo is a community of leaders learning to enhance the relationships between people and their environments.

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How We Help

The foundation encourages high academic standards, experiential learning, and excellence in teaching by providing scholarships and grants for new and innovative projects that, due to budget limitations, the school is unable to fund.

Student Grants

Students who are eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program can receive assistance from SESEF to participant in educational experiences that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Qualifying students can receive up to $750 per year, with unused support rolling over from their Junior year into their Senior year.

In the 2015-2016 school year, 51 students received assistance for 91 experiences, totaling $18,830.00.

Faculty Grants

The financial constraints on a smaller school like SES can make backing faculty innovation difficult. SESEF accepts grant requests for one-time investments that might otherwise not get funded.

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How You Can Help


Join us at one of our upcoming events.


Your financial support will help us support SESEF. Make your online gift via our PayPal account using your PayPal account or your credit or debit card.

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If you want to lend a hand at one of our upcoming events, please contact us at volunteer@sesef.org.


If you are interested in becoming even more involved in SESEF, contact us at info@sesef.org.