Grants available for school field trips to state parks, lakes

May 17, 2023

Educators interested in taking K-12 students on field trips to an Indiana state park or state-managed lake in the upcoming school year can receive financial help through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

“This grant gives children an adventure that showcases some of Indiana’s natural and cultural treasures and teaches the importance of protecting and preserving them for everyone to enjoy,” INRF executive director Jody Kress said in a media release.

Since the grant program’s start in 2013, 174 school grants have been awarded, providing the financial opportunity for more than 18,000 students to visit state parks.

Indiana has 24 state parks, eight state-managed lakes, two state recreation areas and two off-road state recreation areas eligible for field trip funding that will engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, natural habitats, conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities.

“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,” Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for DNR State Parks, said in the media release.

The maximum grant award is $250 per application, and grants are available for all school types.

Application deadline is June 30. Applicants will be notified by Sept. 1 about potential grant awards.

The grant application is here.

Grants available for school field trips to state parks, lakes