By NM Parks
State Parks invites schools and teachers to apply for a grant to help pay for the bus or other mode oftransportation to take school children to State Parks during the2018-19 school year to provide students with an outdoor learning experience. The deadline to apply is October 9,2018.
Teachers are encouraged to apply soon and are invited to bring students to any of the 34 NM State Parks. Detailed information and application can be found at www.nmparks.com under the Activities/Outdoor Education heading.
“State Parks strongly supports meaningful, hands-on outdoor classroom experiences,” said State Park Director Christy Tafoya. “These grants provide opportunities for children to learn about stewardship of the beautiful resources in our State Parks in a fun and interactive way.”
The State Parks Division has formed lasting partnerships with schools and teachers. Previous grant recipients are encouraged to apply again, and State Parks is also seeking first-time applicants who are willing to commit to participate in the Outdoor Classroom Program.
Since 2008, State Parks Outdoor Classroom Program has provided wonderful outdoor learning experiences to more than 171,499 students statewide. With 34 outdoor classrooms across the state, and many cultural and natural resources, State Parks provide a safe, friendly environment for outdoor learning that ties to classroom study.