Adrian College Receives Consumers Energy Foundation Grant

'Track & Explore' program awarded $10,000 grant to support partnership with Michigan International Speedway.

Adrian, Mich. – The Track & Explore program at Adrian College received a $10,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation supporting the College’s unique program with Michigan International Speedway.

The grant will support the expansion and development of new sessions for the middle school science trips sponsored by Track and Explore. Each field trip is tied to Michigan Department of Education Science standards and offers teachers both pre- and post- field trip lessons.

Track and Explore is an innovative collaboration between Adrian College and NASCAR venue Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The program uses 900 acres of natural area at MIS as an outdoor classroom for middle school students, and as a practicum for the College’s science and education majors. Adrian College students conduct research, create lessons and lead environmental-science field trips at the site.

“Consumers Energy’s support of the Track & Explore program further develops our outreach to middle school science teachers and students by providing them with a free creative academic opportunity,” said Dr. Agnes Caldwell, vice president and dean for academic affairs at Adrian. “We are grateful for their support of this program.”

The Track & Explore program continues to garner state and national recognition. In spring 2013, the initiative brought over 1,400 middle school students to the track for outdoor education field trips. The College and Michigan International Speedway look to expand the program to include science camps and continuing education opportunities for science teachers.

Photo Credit: Brad Kuhbander

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The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy. It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community and civic development, culture and the arts, social services, the environment, and emerging issues. Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $5 million in 2010 through the Consumers Energy Foundation, the company, corporate donor-advised funds and employee and retiree contributions. For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation visit our website at

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