Xcel Energy Foundation Invests in Environmental Education

New Grant to Support the F.R.E.E. Network


(Mpls, MN) – The Xcel Energy Foundation recently announced the recipients of grants in the focus area of the environment.  Included in this year’s list of recipients is the F.R.E.E Network, an environmental education resource hosted by Dovetail Partners, Inc.


“The F.R.E.E Network provides access to information about forests and forest resources and supports classroom learning about our environment,” says James Garness, Senior Foundation Representative for the Xcel Energy Foundation in Minnesota.


Created in the 1990s with the involvement of the University of Minnesota, the Forest Resources Environmental Education Network (F.R.E.E Network) has been offering high quality environmental education resources for almost 20 years.


“The purpose of the network is to empower teachers and students of all ages with a deeper understanding of forest resources and their responsible management,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, Inc.


With the support of the Xcel Energy Foundation, Dovetail will add new and emerging information to the F.R.E.E Network, including information about urban forestry and tree care, carbon storage and climate change. Teachers who visit the site can find materials for use in the classroom, and students can learn in the Kid’s Corner. An environmental quiz at the site helps everyone learn about a broad array of economic, social, and environmental issues.


“Now more than ever it is important that high quality sources of information are available to help educators and citizens understand environmental trade-offs and challenges,” says Fernholz.


The F.R.E.E Network is an online resource available at:http://www.freeenetwork.org




About Xcel Energy Foundation
Formed in 2001 as the philanthropic arm of our company, Xcel Energy Foundation oversees more than $15 million in funded charitable activities of Xcel Energy and its subsidiaries.


About the F.R.E.E. Network
A site for teachers and students at all grade levels who want to learn more about forests and the management of forests.


About Dovetail Partners
Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.