Applications open for field trips for Tennessee State Parks visits

Students at Lawrenceburg Public Elementary School learn about birds at David Crockett State Park.

NASHVILLE – Applications are being accepted for school field trip grants for students to visit Tennessee State Parks.

The field trips give students the opportunity to learn about the environment, science, history and a variety of other subjects in a tangible way by using the park as an outdoor classroom. Grants are available for K-8th grade students to take a field trip to visit one of the 56 state parks. Each trip includes a scheduled ranger-led interpretive and educational program. There is a Tennessee State Park within one hour of every Tennessee student.

Last year, nearly 800 K-8th grade students from 10 Tennessee schools got the chance to visit and learn at a state park, thanks to a first round of field trip grants from the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit partner of the state parks.

Teachers may apply for the grants, which cover transportation, lunches/snacks and related project supplies. Grant funds typically total about $10 per student. Not all applications will be funded as the grants are competitive.

All public schools in Tennessee are eligible for grant funds in the program this year. The funding comes from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Field Trip Fundraising Appeal, and Tennessee State Parks Conservancy Board Member Cosby Stone.

Applications and grant guidelines are available at Applications are due Feb. 15, 2019. Applicants, including those who will receive the grant and those who do not, will be notified by March 1.

The grants are part of the Tennessee State Parks School of the Great Outdoors program, which is based on a successful program by the National Park Foundation.

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