More than 2,000 Students Visit Kentucky State Parks through Grant Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 7, 2016) – A transportation grant program sponsored by the Kentucky State Park Foundation has served more than 2,000 students with its latest round of grants to seven schools.

The KSPF’s “Inside Out Education” initiative allows schools to seek the grant that allows students to learn about the environment, history or culture at a Kentucky State Park. During the last two years, the program has allowed 2,076 Kentucky students to visit a state park.


“The Inside Out Education grant has been a great benefit for school groups that can’t afford field trips,” said Rob Minerich, park manager at Fort Boonesborough State Park, where more than 450 students have visited through the grant program. “The best part of my job is seeing children visit our fort and engage in hands-on frontier life. The education and experience these children get from this program can’t be duplicated in the classroom.”


The seven schools that received grants and the state parks they visited this past spring are:

Livingston Central High School, Kenlake State Resort Park
Mill Creek Leadership Academy (Jefferson County), Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Leestown Middle School (Fayette County), Carter Caves State Resort Park
George Rogers Clark High School (Clark County), Carter Caves State Resort Park
Boston School (Nelson County), Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Sayre School Summer Safari (Fayette County), Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Pleasant View Elementary (Whitley County), Levi Jackson State Park

Information about grant applications for the 2016-2017 school year is available at https://www.kentuckystateparksfoundation.org/grants/.




Contact: Gil Lawson, gil.lawson@ky.gov 

502-564-8110, ext. 168



The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov








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