Educators interested in taking students, grades K-12, on field trips to an Indiana state park or state-managed lake in the 2015-2016 school year can receive financial help through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.
The Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators. In 2014, the program benefited more than 1,500 K-12 students from 20 schools.
“We are proud to be a partner in improving school access to our state’s natural and cultural resources through field trip grants for all types of educators and students across Indiana,” INRF director Bourke Patton said.
Indiana has 24 state parks and eight state-managed lakes eligible for field trip funding that will engage students in learning about Indiana’s fish, forest, wildlife, natural habitats and conservation.
“These trips help children understand how previous generations viewed the significance of Indiana’s natural and cultural resources, and at the same time let them make great memories that they will carry into adulthood,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for DNR State Parks.
The maximum grant award is $250 per application.
Applications are accepted from May 1–June 30 prior to the school year for which the grant is requested. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30.
Applicants will be notified by Aug. 1 regarding potential grant awards.
The INRF is accepting donations to the fund from individuals, businesses or anyone who supports the idea of getting kids outdoors.
The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a longtime DNR employee who was an ardent supporter of outdoor experiences for children.