The National Park Foundation has chosen Biscayne National Park to receive a grant that allows more students to visit. The $9,000 grant will minimize field trip transportation costs for students all over the nation.
Biscayne National Park is among many parks that have received these foundation grants. All park education programs are free, but transportation costs created many hurdles because most schools have cut back on field trip budgets. The initiative started in the White House and has now reached Florida, helping schools and parks alike. It will provide 1,200 students reduced transportation fees for them to have deeper connections with “land, water, and wildlife”, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a news release.
Each school will be eligible for up to $250 to cover transportation costs to the park. Also, fourth graders will be able to enter for free in an effort for them to learn about their environments beyond the classroom.
The grant is a subset of the ongoing National Park Foundation Project, Every Kid in a Park, which has opened more than 112,859 doors for kids to experience nature firsthand.