Your gift will provide a deserving child with an unforgettable learning experience in nature.

“83% of our students come to school because they know they will have two meals for the day. Many will never go past a mile radius of their homes. This trip is a bright spot in their lives. We see excitement come to life in our students as they experience nature and the great outdoors.”

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The first time away from home. The first time walking in the dark under a sky full of stars. The first time seeing Lake Michigan. These are memorable experiences that motivate and inspire students. Those who have been, talk about their trip for years, while younger siblings look forward to their turn. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to award $185,348 in tuition assistance, benefiting 2,746 children last year. Your donation today will help keep life-changing learning experiences affordable and accessible to children who are counting on you.

Read more in our most recent donor impact report  >

Do you remember the first time you waded into lake michigan? Or walked barefoot on the beach?

Do you remember the first time you waded into lake michigan? Or walked barefoot on the beach?

More ways to give

Securities Gifts
Your gift of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can help sustain programs that benefit at-risk students in low-income communities. Contact Marketing & Development Director, Sandi Weindling for more information.

Corporate Giving & Sponsorships
Community partnerships make our programs possible through grants, payroll contributions and event underwriting. Contact our marketing and development team to discuss the endless possibilities. Learn more about sponsorships HERE.

Give a gift of nature
Make a donation in honor of someone special and we’ll send a card notifying the recipient of your thoughtful gift.

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The Lee Botts Environmental Education Fund at the Legacy Foundation
Named for Dunes Learning Center co-founder and President Emeritus, the Lee Botts Environmental Education Fund seeks to create an enduring legacy of learning in the dunes. Your gift today will provide the region’s neediest kids with transformative experiences in nature—now and for generations to come. Learn more >