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Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grants


Sponsored by Discovering the Outdoors Fund of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation

Contact:Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grants
Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
402 W. Washington St. Rm. W298
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317.233.1002
Description:The Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grants support Indiana students in visiting state parks and reservoirs for purposes of learning about Indiana’s fish, forest, wildlife, and natural habitats, as well as the state’s history and culture represented in its natural places. Field trips must have a purpose designed to make science, social studies, or other relevant curriculum connections. The grants program is open to Indiana educators in public, private, parochial, home schools, and to students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Each field trip must include a minimum of 15 students and involve an experience with an interpretive naturalist at the site such as a hike, talk, or other program. Field trips must be scheduled for the following school year and take place between September 1 and June 1. Grant funds may cover transportation, program fees, and applicable materials. Food costs for a field trip are not eligible for funding.

The grant application requires specification of the state park or reservoir to be visited, a brief justification for why the grant funds are needed, the field trip purpose, curriculum goals, anticipated outcomes, copies of any pre-trip and post-trip planned activities, and a budget. Completed applications must be mailed to the contact address and postmarked by the deadline. Applications by email or fax are not accepted.
Eligibility:Charter, Private, Public, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Grants up to $250 are awarded per application.
Deadline(s):Applications are accepted May 1 through June 30, annually.
Focus:Environmental Education, Transportation
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Content Area(s): Science, Social Studies/Sciences
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Civic Literacy, Critical Thinking, Environmental Literacy
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