OTTAWA COUNTY (WTOL) - A local non-profit has received thousands of dollars in local grant money to make sure more school children have the opportunity to experience nature.

For years the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ottawa County has hosted educational programs for schools. Serving Kindergartners up to college-age students, they host an average of 10,000 students a year.

And this week, it was announced the observatory had received a $35,000 grant from the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation. This will allow the observatory to host even more kids in the spring in fall.

The goal of these classes is to connect children with nature who may not have had an opportunity to experience the outdoors before.

“We’re doing hands on migratory research, we’re netting, we’re capturing the birds, recording data, weighting the birds, and the kids get to help release the birds back into the wild. It’s a really powerful experience, and we’ve seen little minds and lives changed through the course of these programs.” said Kimberly Kaufman, executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

If you’re a teacher or a parent, and would like to see your children’s class come out here to Magee Marsh, go here.