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School of Environmental Studies Education Foundation

SES education foundation logo

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.



Minnesota Zoo

Students having class at the Minnesota Zoo during the animal behavior intensive theme

SES is proud to be located on the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo. Together, we believe in the importance of Conservation. Knowing that people protect what they love, SES  strives to support the zoo's mission of giving the community positive experiences with animals and the environment. Students at SES spend time during their school day at the zoo via a variety of different classes and activities. 



Lebanon HIlls Regional Park

seniors during winter unit

SES is fortunate in being situated among one of Dakota County's greatest resources, Lebanon Hill Regional Park.  We utilize this space frequently for classes, especially during our winter units. 



Green Schools National Network

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Green Schools National Network (GSNN) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with educators, government and non-governmental organizations and agencies, and private partners to create broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States. GSNN is devoted to accelerating student achievement through the implementation of green, healthy, and sustainable practices as outlined in our GreenPrint® for Green, Healthy and Sustainable Schools. The School of Environmental Studies is thrilled to be a Catalyst School with GSNN. 



Oakridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental, and Health Sciences

We are excited to partner with this fabulous District 196 elementary school. Together we share a love of environmental education. Facilitating the opportunity for students to work and learn with other students is important to us both. We are fortunate to be a mile down the road from one another and especially look forward to the spring when SES 11th graders teach OR 4th graders about lessons in nature that are interesting to them.