Southeast Indiana – Sixty 4th graders from South Decatur Elementary School will take a field trip to Versailles State Park this school year, thanks in part to the Discover the Outdoors grant program administered by the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF), l not-for-profit organization supporting the DNR.
Through the initiative, students at 21 schools across the state will be able to take field trips to Indiana State Park properties during the 2022-23 school year.
The program provides public, private, parochial, or home-based educators with grants ranging from $180 to $250 to fund transportation costs, program fees, and school supplies related to preparing for or following up on field trips.
An estimated 1,454 K-12 students will benefit from the $5,080 in grants the program plans to distribute.
Since the program’s inception in 2013, it has awarded a total of 174 grants to provide approximately 17,000 students with the opportunity to visit one of 25 state parks, eight reservoirs, two state forest recreation areas and two lower-cost off-road recreation areas. them and their schools.
Over $46,000 in block funding has been distributed to inspire students to learn about Indiana’s fish, forests, wildlife, natural habitats and conservation.
To learn more about this grant program, visit youtu.be/uC4QjhsBLO8.
The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a longtime MNR employee who was a strong supporter of outdoor experiences for children in parks. Periodic financial assistance also comes from the Indiana Master Naturalist Advisory Council.
“We appreciate the generosity of those who contribute to Indiana’s youth,” said INRF Executive Director Jody Kress. “We hope to see this program grow so we can educate more students across the state about our natural and cultural heritage.”
To donate, visit IndianaNRF.org.