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Schools Get Money To Fund Field Trips To State Parks

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September 9, 2014 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,500 elementary, middle and high school students in Indiana could learn more about the outdoors this school year under a grant program that supports field trips to state parks and reservoirs.

More than 20 schools will receive money for transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to the trips, including preparation and follow-up.

The Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators and is administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, a non-profit that supports the Department of Natural Resources.

The grants fund transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to preparation or follow-up for the field trips.

The program expects to distribute $5,125 through 23 grants.

This is the second academic year that the grant program has been in effect. Last year, the program awarded $4,411 through 19 grants to 16 schools, benefiting about 1,400 kids.

“We are happy to see those numbers increase this year,” said Ginger Murphy, the DNR’s deputy director for stewardship. “We received lots of kudos from participating schools about the interpretive programs we offered in the first year.”

The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a long-time DNR employee who was an ardent supporter of outdoor experiences for children, with financial help from the Indiana Master Naturalist Advisory Council

“Donations are welcome from individuals, organizations or businesses to help sustain this grant program in coming years,” said Bourke Patton, executive director of the foundation.

To donate, visit IndianaNRF.org.

Indiana has 24 state parks and eight reservoirs eligible for field trip funding. Field trips to parks and reservoirs engage students in learning about Indiana’s fish, forest, wildlife, natural habitats and conservation.

The receiving schools are:


School name City Grade Students-adults Property visiting
North Elementary Washington 4 60 Lincoln State Park
Knox Community Elementary Knox 3 140 Potato Creek State Park
Clay High School South Bend EnvSc 24 Indiana Dunes State Park
East Washington Academy Muncie 4 42 Indiana Dunes State Park
Northwood Elementary Mooresville Science Club 40 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Ryan Park Elementary Angola 2 70 Pokagon State Park
Delaware Elementary Evansville K 75 Harmonie State Park
Edgewood Elementary Michigan City K 58 Indiana Dunes State Park
Faith Christian School Lafayette 3 44 Prophetstown State Park
Lancaster Central Elementary Bluffton K 85 Ouabache State Park
N. Montgomery High School Crawfordsville 11-12 58 Falls of the Ohio State Park
Hibbs Home School South Bend 5-7 15 Brown County State Park
Meadow’s Edge Elementary Mishawaka 3-5 80 Indiana Dunes State Park
Meadow’s Edge Elementary Mishawaka K-2 80 Indiana Dunes State Park
Westville High School Westville NRM Class 30 Indiana Dunes State Park
Signature School Evansville 12 80 Turkey Run State Park
Galveston Elementary Galveston 4 50 Mississinewa Lake
Iron Sharpens Iron HS Cooperative Columbus K-4 30 Spring Mill State Park
Riverview Middle School Huntington 6 115 Salamonie Lake
Riverview Middle School Huntington 6 115 Salamonie Lake
Signature School Evansville 11 82 Harmonie State Park
Westville Elementary Westville 4 60 Indiana Dunes State Park
Bainbridge Elementary Bainbridge 1 100 Turkey Run State Park
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