Grants for DNR field trips available

Educators interested in students, grades K-12, on field trips to an Indiana state park or reservoir in the 2013-2014 school year can receive financial help through a new program of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

The "Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program" is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators.

The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a long-time DNR employee who was an ardent supporter of outdoor experiences for children.

Indiana has 24 state parks and eight reservoirs eligible for field trip funding. Field trips to parks and reservoirs engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, natural habitats and conservation.

The maximum grant award is $250 per application.

Applications are accepted from May 1 through June 30 prior to the school year for which the grant is requested. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30.

Applicants will be notified by Aug. 1 regarding potential grant awards.

The grant application is at IN.gov/inrf/educate. html. Applications and further information is also available by emailing DiscoverOutdoorsGrants@dnr.IN.gov.