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Grant for fourth grade field trips to parks

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Big Thicket National Preserve is excited to announce the continuation of the Open OutDoors for Kids Focus City grant from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, into the 2019-2020 school year! The Open OutDoors for Kids project provides transportation reimbursements for field trips taken by 4th grade classes from Title I school to more than three dozen exciting Greater Houston Area and Southeast Texas outdoor spaces. In the continuation of this four year effort, teachers can easily book a field trip with one of many national, state, and local park partners who provide a variety of curriculum-based natural, cultural, and historical field trips correlated with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz said, “We hope that teachers throughout Southeast Texas will use this grant opportunity to bring their fourth grade students to the national preserve.” “The public lands throughout our region offer amazing opportunities to explore a variety of natural wonders.”

This grant is part of the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program which creates pathways for kids to explore and connect with park experiences. Beyond making field trips possible, the program raises local community awareness about the importance of connecting kids to the outdoors. By working together to introduce young people to the public lands around them, we can help create a happier and healthier community.

For more information on this program and its requirements, please visit This is an opportunity fourth grade teachers won’t want to miss.

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