Complete a Training Application FIRST

In order to apply for a scholarship, you must have received an acceptance letter for a guide training within the months eligible for the scholarship window in which you are applying.

March 2020 Window
Trainings in May through October
June 2020 Window
Trainings in August through January, 2021
September 2020 Window
Trainings in November through April, 2021


Scholarship Applications Suspended

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are suspending scholarship applications until further notice. All applications that have been submitted will be saved and reviewed upon re-opening.

Guide Training Scholarship

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs recognizes that there are many ways in our society that challenge some people’s ability to fully participate in the opportunities that call to them. We believe that nature should be a place of healing, discovery and inspiration for all peoples, regardless of their background or the resources available to them. We continually strive to cultivate inclusion and diversity among our guides. In this spirit, the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs offers a limited number of full and partial tuition scholarships for forest therapy guide trainings to applicants who experience financial barriers to training programs like ours, and who demonstrate a strong potential for bringing forest therapy to diverse communities.

Scholarship Application Windows

Scholarship applications will be accepted four times per year during a one-month window. Once the window closes, applications will not be accepted until the next window opens. If an application received during one window is not accepted, the applicant may apply again when the next window opens.

The four application windows for 2020 are:

  • December 1 - December 30, 2019
  • March 1 - March 30, 2020
  • June 1 - June 30, 2020
  • September 1 - September 30, 2020

Scholarship Amounts

Scholarships will fund 100%, 75% or 50% of a recipients’ tuition for the one-week training intensive and the subsequent six-month practicum. Travel, food, and lodging must be covered by the recipient and can be paid by credit card or check at the time of registration. Should the cost of travel, food and lodging present an insurmountable hurdle, we encourage recipients to reach out to their communities for support or use an online crowd-funding site like

Funding Sources

In 2020, our scholarship fund totals $49,050 and is supported by Community Members, people both inside and outside of our guide community who advocate for the growth of forest therapy. ANFT matches these contributions and adds to it while our Community membership family grows. We are deeply grateful for the contributions of our community members who make our scholarship fund possible.  Please join to support scholarships and the growth of forest therapy into all communities.


  • ANFT is seeking to support individuals who experience a financial barrier to attending our Forest Therapy Guide Training program AND who demonstrate a strong potential for bringing forest therapy to diverse communities.
  • Scholarship recipients must commit to the entire program (one-week training intensive and six-month practicum followed by certification) to be considered for this scholarship.
  • Before applying for a scholarship, you must have been accepted into a training within seven (7) months of the scholarship window (e.g. March window - trainings from May through October)
  • A scholarship recipient is required to register with payment for their selected training within three (3) months of the acceptance email being sent or the scholarship will be voided.
  • Being selected to receive a scholarship does not guarantee you a spot on any given training.  Your scholarship may be applied to a different training, if your training of choice is no longer available, and the second choice training falls within the seven (7) months of the scholarship window (e.g. March window - trainings from May through October).
  • Weight will be placed on applications in the following manner 75% financial, 25% guide potential

Application Requirements

Previous applications of any kind will not be considered. This application will be the sole source of information used by our Scholarship Committee. Only complete applications will be considered.

This application may take 20+ minutes to complete, requires a Letter of Recommendation and detailed monthly financial information. Since all information must be submitted at the time of application, we suggest that you copy the application questions into a Word Document and formulate your responses, then come back to the application to enter your information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will receive a response from the Scholarship Committee within four to five weeks after the scholarship window closes.

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