The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation funds a host of programs dedicated to supporting education and outreach opportunities and enhancing the conservation heritage of North Dakota. Programs and initiatives include:
Energy of North Dakota
Energy of North Dakota is an outreach and education program with the mission to open the lines of communication and improve understanding between the petroleum industry of North Dakota and key stakeholder groups such as property owners, policy makers, community leaders, media reporters and the general public. The program was created in 2008 and has since grown to include many educational and community events that are designed to give back to communities.
Bakken Rocks CookFest
Held in two communities each summer, this free festival offers food, music, and an opportunity to meet and learn from the oil and gas companies and their employees operating in our state.
Bakken Classic Club and Fishing Derby
The Bakken Classic Club is dedicated to enhancing habitat, wildlife and access to the outdoors throughout North Dakota. Members participate in the Bakken Classic Fishing Derby each year to help raise money for the Foundation’s conservation projects and partner organizations.
Planting for the Future
Planting for the Future is a habitat and conservation program that provides trees and shrubs for large-scale planting projects. The program is supported by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, the North Dakota Petroleum Council, industry partners, private landowners, and sportsmen and conservation groups.
Al Golden Scholarship
The North Dakota Petroleum Council awards several scholarships each year to students pursuing a degree in fields related to energy.
Teacher Education Seminar
This seminar offers educators the opportunity to earn continuing education credits while learning about the oil industry, touring a rig and other oilfield facilities, and getting projects, lessons, and ideas to take back to the classroom.
Pick Up the Patch
This award-winning program brings industry members and employees together with members of the community to keep our communities and roadways clean with huge community-wide events, Adopt-a-Highway programs, or just by stopping to pick up trash as needed.
Charitable Initiatives & Partnerships
Oil and gas companies in North Dakota stepped up in a big way to help fully fund Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in every oil and gas producing county, thanks to efforts by former First Lady Betsy Dalrymple.
ND Oil History
The North Dakota Oil History Project is dedicated to telling and preserving the history of the oil and gas industry in our state and honoring the men and women – both past and present – who helped build it.
The project will launch late this spring. Follow the Energy of North Dakota on social media to watch for updates.