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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 28, 2018 1:00 am


Grant to help students take field trips to state parks

Journal Gazette

Students at seven northeast Indiana schools will have the chance to learn about the outdoors, thanks in part to a grant program that supports field trips to Indiana state parks.

The Discover the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators and is administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, the supporting nonprofit of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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

An estimated 2,218 students in K-12 will benefit from the grant program in 2018-19.

The program expects to distribute $4,905 through 24 grants.

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

The northeast Indiana schools receiving schools and grant information:

• Bluffton Harrison Elementary School, Bluffton, Grade 1, visiting Ouabache State Park, $225

• Carlin Park Elementary, Angola, kindergarten, visiting Pokagon State Park, $75

• Eastside Junior-Senior High School, Butler, Grades 7 and 8, visiting Pokagon State Park, $220

• Lancaster Central Elementary, Bluffton, kindergarten, visiting Ouabache State Park, $225

• Metro North Elementary, Wabash, kindergarten, visiting Salamonie Lake, $155

• North Elementary, Washington, Grade 4, visiting Lincoln State Park, $225

• Southern Wells Elementary, Poneto, Grade 6, McCormick's Creek State Park, $225