Field trip grant program benefits more than 4,900 children

Students at 67 Indiana schools this academic year will experience the outdoors thanks in part to a grant program that supports field trips to Indiana State Parks.

The Discover the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial, or home-school educators and is administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF), the supporting non-profit of the DNR.

The grants, ranging from $72-$200, fund transportation costs, program fees, and classroom supplies related to preparation or follow-up for the field trips.

An estimated 4,921 K-12 students will benefit from the grant program in 2019-20. The program expects to distribute $11,624 through 72 grants. 

This is the seventh academic year that the grant program has been in effect. Through the current academic year, the program has distributed more than $41,000 in overall funding and helped more than 15,000 students visit an Indiana state park for a guided hike or talk with an interpretive naturalist. 

To see students benefiting from this grant, visit

The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a long-time DNR employee who was an ardent supporter of outdoor experiences for children in parks. Financial assistance also comes periodically from the Indiana Master Naturalist Advisory Council, and its contribution this year allowed the fund to double the number of grants offered, according to Jody Kress, executive director of INRF. DNR staff also contribute to the fund through the State Employees Community Campaign.

“We appreciate the generosity of those who contribute to Indiana’s youth,” Kress said. “We hope to see this program grow so we can educate more students across the state about our natural and cultural legacy.”

To donate, visit Indiana has 24 state parks and eight reservoirs eligible for field trip funding. Field trips to state parks engage students in learning about Indiana’s fish, forest, wildlife, natural habitats and conservation. The receiving schools and where they will visit are:


School Name City Grade # of students Property
Ascension Lutheran School Fort Wayne 3rd grade 20 Chain O’Lakes State Park
Adventure Club Homeschool Group W. Harrison Multi. 20 Brookville or Clifty Falls
Arrows of Grace Co-Op Liberty K-12 22 Whitewater/Brookville
Bainbridge Elementary Bainbridge 2nd Grade 60 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Blanche E. Fuqua Elementary Terre Haute 1st grade 60 Lieber SRA
Bloomington High School South Bloomington Grades 9-12 29 Brown County State Park
Blue River Valley Elementary New Castle 5th grade 64 Mounds State Park
Bradie Shrum Elementary Salem 4th grade 143 Falls of the Ohio State Park
Bradie Shrum Elementary Salem 5th grade 150 Spring Mill State Park
Brentwood Elementary School Plainfield 4th grade 75 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Brown County High School Nashville Grades 7-12 15 Brown County State Park
Brown County junior High School Nashville 7th grade 140 Brown County State Park
Burris Laboratory School Muncie 2nd Grade 22 Mounds State Park
Carlin Park Elementary Angola Kindergarten 50 Pokagon State Park
Central Middle School Columbus 8th 125 Brown County State Park
Christel House Academy South Indianapolis 3rd grade 28 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Christel House Academy West Indianapolis 7th grade 55 Turkey Run State Park
Cloverdale Elementary School Cloverdale 2nd Grade 85 Lieber SRA
Delphi Community Middle School Delphi 7th grade 110 Turkey Run State Park
East Noble Middle School Kendallville 6-8th grade 30 Chain O’Lakes State Park and Indiana Dunes State Park
Edgewood Elementary School Michigan City Kindergarten 56 Indiana Dunes State Park
Faith Christian Lafayette 3rd grade 40 Turkey Run State Park and Prophetstown State Park
Farmersville Elementary School Mt. Vernon 4th and 5th grade 75 Harmonie State Park
Franklin County Middle School Brookville 6th grade 110 Brookville- Mounds SRA
Frontier Jr./Sr. High School Chalmers 7th and 8th grade 100 Prophetstown State Park
Gosport Elementary Gosport All grades 185 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Grace Christian Academy Scottsburg Grades 3-5 30 Spring Mill State Park*
Greencastle High School Greencastle Grades 6-12 30 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Greencastle Middle School Greencastle 7th grade 150 Turkey Run State Park
Hamilton Heights Elementary School Arcadia 4th grade 180 Mounds State Park
Haverhill Elementary School Fort Wayne K 80 Chain O’Lakes State Park
Highland Park Elementary Bloomington 1st Grade 45 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Highland Park Elementary Bloomington 1st Grade 45 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Horace Mann Elementary Huntington 5th grade 70 Salamonie
Kennedy Academy South Bend 5th grade 135 Potato Creek State Park
L.C. Schmitt Elementary Columbus 5th grade 100 Brown County State Park
Lancaster Central Elementary School Bluffton Kindergarten 100 Ouabache State Park
Liberty Elementary School Liberty 2nd Grade 54 Whitewater Memorial State Park
Liberty Elementary School Hobart 4th grade 90 Indiana Dunes State Park
Little Turtle Elementary Columbia City 2nd Grade 80 Chain O’Lakes State Park
Metro North Elementary Wabash Kindergarten 70 Salamonie
New Britton Elementary Fishers 2nd Grade 28 Mounds State Park
North Daviess Elementary Elnora 3rd grade 95 McCormick’s Creek State Park
North Harrison Elementary School Ramsey 3rd grade 90 Patoka Lake
North Judson-San Pierre Elementary North Judson 3rd grade 87 Indiana Dunes State Park
Northridge Middle School Crawfordsville 6th grade 143 Turkey Run State Park
Orleans Elementary School Orleans 5th grade 24 Falls of the Ohio State Park
Orleans Elementary School Orleans 5th grade 24 Falls of the Ohio State Park
Orleans Elementary School Orleans 5th grade 24 Falls of the Ohio State Park
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School New Albany 2nd Grade 26 Falls of the Ohio State Park
Pioneer Elementary Royal Center 4th grade 75 Prophetstown State Park
Prairie View Elementary Goshen 4th 75 Chain O’Lakes State Park
Richmond High School Richmond Grades 10-12 45 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Rock Creek Community Academy Sellersburg Kindergarten 44 Falls of the Ohio State Park
Saint Mary Catholic Community School Crown Point 7th grade 56 Indiana Dunes State Park
Sarah Scott Middle School Terre Haute 6th grade 170 Shakamak State Park
Shakamak Jr.-Sr. High School Jasonville Multi. 15 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Shawswick Elementary School Bedford 6th-8th grade 25 Spring Mill State Park
Shoals Elementary School Shoals 1st Grade 60 Spring Mill State Park
Shortridge High School Indianapolis 11th grade 80 Indiana Dunes State Park
South Decatur Elementary Greensburg 2nd Grade 65 Brown County State Park
South Decatur Elementary Greensburg 4th grade 70 Versailles State Park
Southern Wells Elementary Poneto 6th grade 70 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Southwood High School Wabash AP Science 20 Chain O’Lakes State Park
Spencer Elementary Spencer 5th grade 100 McCormick’s Creek State Park
St. Mary’s School Aurora 7th-8th grade 19 Versailles State Park
Thomas Miller Elementary School Lafayette 3rd grade 75 Prophetstown State Park
Turkey Run Elementary Marshall 3rd grade 40 Turkey Run State Park
Unionville Elementary School Unionville 5th grade 36 McCormick’s Creek State Park
Western Wayne Elementary School Cambridge City 2nd Grade 65 Whitewater Memorial State Park
West Central Elementary School Francesville 2nd Grade 40 Tippecanoe State Park
Woodland Christian School Goshen Grades 3-4 22 Pokagon State Park


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