Educators interested in students, grades K-12, on field trips to an Indiana state park or reservoir in the 2013-2014 school year can receive financial help through a new program of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.
The Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators.
"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," said Bourke Patton, director of INRF.
The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a long-time DNR employee who was an ardent supporter of outdoor experiences for children.
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.
"Field trips to our state parks and reservoirs give children a sense of place," said Ginger Murphy assistant director for stewardship for the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. "These trips let them 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."
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.