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5/12/2018 7:07:00 PM
Indiana offering teacher grants for state park field trips

Dan Carden, Times of Northwest Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Public, private and home-school teachers can receive a grant worth up to $250 to defray the cost of an educational field trip to an Indiana state park or state reservoir.

The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation is offering the grants to promote student learning about fish, forest, wildlife or natural habitats and their conservation, Indiana history and the state's cultural resources.

"The grant gets kids outside for an adventure that teaches the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources," said Jody Kress, foundation director.

The grant application is available online at

Teachers must submit their grant request by June 30. Potential winners will be notified Aug. 15.

Awarded grants must be spent during the 2018-19 school year.

Since the program began five years ago, 111 grants have been awarded to Indiana teachers that helped fund state park visits for more than 8,000 Hoosier students.

"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 stewardship director for Indiana's state parks.

Individual Hoosiers and Indiana companies also can donate online to support the teacher grant program at

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