Thanks to the generosity of ERAFANS members, we have a limited number of scholarships for teachers. These can be used towards attendance to the Natural Wonder Summit, an Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Nature-Based Teacher Certification, or other up-coming training.  NOTE: We do not retroactively award scholarship aid to participants who have already registered and paid to attend a program.


You must:
Be at least 18 years old;
Be an early childhood educator, lead teacher or aide;
Demonstrate high commitment to nature-based learning with young children;
Have not received a teacher scholarship from ERAFANS in the last 365 days;
Demonstrate need; and
Submit a complete application (PDF version) or application (Word document). You may also use this online application.

If you submit as a Word document, please delete unnecessary blanks. 

Additional Information

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  For more competitive scholarships, such as the in-person Nature-Based Teacher Certification course, applications are reviewed by March 1st of the course year. Due to the volume of requests, it may take longer to receive an update on your application status, but we usually email decisions within two-three weeks of receipt of your application, or after March 1st committee review (for in-person Nature-Based Teacher Certification decisions).

Scholarships are first come, first serve. Please do not apply more than once in any given year.

Scholarships are only used to cover the cost of training or event fee. Attendees must provide own travel, lodging, food, etc. as needed.

Because scholarships are limited, we cannot award more than one scholarship per organization for any given training or event.  We also try to distribute scholarship funds to educators across the United States.

Recipients must sign and return the scholarship acceptance agreement within one week of notification, otherwise the scholarship will be forfeited and given to another eligible teacher. In exchange for the scholarship, recipients agree to provide a reflection (written, photo or video) within one week of the training they attend. ERAFANS will share this reflection in a follow-up email, blog or social media post about the training. Because ERAFANS members donate these scholarships, we want to show them how they are put to good use!

This is an equal opportunity for all applicants who meet the eligibility requirements. If you need aid, we strongly encourage you to apply!

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