Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Brings Kids to Nature with "Ticket to Ride" Grant from National Park Foundation
Contact: Marjorie Thomas, 678-538-1243
Sandy Springs, GA--This fall, approximately 750 students from Fulton County schools will get to experience outdoor education at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA.) This opportunity was made possible by a grant from Ticket to Ride, a program created by the National Park Foundation. With support from Disney, Ticket to Ride provides financial resources for transportaiton, in-park educational programming, and meals that make national park field trips possible for schools across the country.
The CRNRA is partnering with the Fulton County Water Conservation Department and with Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation to offer this curriculum-based field studies experience to engage students of greatest need. Coke will also provide in-kind support with healthy drinks on the field trips. The program includes one school visit by park rangers before the field trip, a field trip with programs at Johnson Ferry North, and post-field trip visit at the school again, so that rangers make repeated contacts with the same kids. According to CRNRA Superintendent Patty Wissinger, "This grant helps the park meet our most important goals: getting kids outside, increasing their environmental awareness and promoting stewardship among a new and diverse audience in the next generation."