Visiting Naturalist in the Schools Scholarship Application

The Montana Natural History Center is a private, non-profit organization with a mission to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of nature through education.  We believe that natural history education and experiences should be available to everyone and we are committed to making our programs accessible to as many families, schools and individuals as possible.  The Montana Natural History Center provides limited scholarship funds for schools that exhibit financial need to attend programs.  Requests are based on availability and need on a first-come, first served basis.

Teachers interested in receiving a VNS scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year should complete and submit the form below by Monday, June 15th. Please be sure to also submit your regular VNS program application online as well. 

Please note that the actual cost of a VNS program, per class, is around $2000. Montana Natural History Center fundraises to cover most of the cost per classroom, and schools are asked to pay the remaining $275 per class.

We have limited additional need-based scholarships available for schools with financial constraints. MNHC policy does not allow us to offer full (100%) scholarships, but we will do the best we can to make the program accessible to your school.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Laporte Potts at 406.327.0405 or

2020-2021 VNS Scholarship Application
MNHC cannot provide scholarships for transportation, but we do take this cost into account as part of our scholarship need assessment. We can also help point you towards other transportation funding opportunities. Contact us if interested in learning more!

A school may only apply for one scholarship per year.  MNHC‘s policy is not to grant full scholarships for program costs. Receiving scholarships for the same school, or class, for the same program in the future cannot be guaranteed.     

We ask that all participating teachers agree to fully support the VNS  program through active involvement during monthly classroom visits with our naturalist.