Open Outdoors for Kids

woman near prairie with kids looking on
Students from Oklahoma attend a prairie program.

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Fort Scott National Historic Site (FOSC) has received a field trip grant for the 2018-2019 school year from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. This $5,000 grant will reimburse the costs of transportation for fourth grade class field trips to this national park.

This grant is part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program which creates pathways for kids to explore and connect with national park experiences, and is administered locally by the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

“We are excited to be able to assist school groups in coming to Fort Scott National Historic Site,” said Betty Boyko, Superintendent, FOSC. “We understand that not all schools can afford to visit even though we do not charge a fee. This grant will help reduce barriers to bringing students to have fun while learning and developing a lifelong connection to our nation's history,” Boyko continued.

"We are pleased to be involved in helping more of the areas school children build deeper connections with Fort Scott NHS and our history," said Reed Hartford, President of the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site, Inc.

During their time on site, the students will participate in ether the “Life on the Frontier” program for grades K-4 or the “Sweep through History” program for grades 4-8. In “Life on the Frontier,” local High School students train to be the instructors and mentors to the K-4th grade students. They dress in period clothing and are stationed at various locations around the site focusing on various aspects of life at Fort Scott during the 1840’s. “Sweep through History” will acquaint 4-8th grade students with life at Fort Scott during the three most significant periods in the site's history: Westward Expansion, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. Educators, dressed in period clothing, are stationed at various locations around the site focusing on life at Fort Scott during one of these periods. Both programs have pre-visit and post-visit activities and all are aligned with Kansas and Missouri content standards.

“Trekking along trails, observing our natural ecosystems and engaging with our shared history are experiences that benefit all children,” said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth. “Making it possible for America’s youth to explore our national parks is an investment in their future and the future of the national parks community.”

Teachers and school administrators can request additional information about transportation grants and curriculum-based field trip programs by visiting the education section of the park’s website (www.nps.gov/fosc) or contacting the education program coordinator, Barry Geertsen, at 620-223-0310 or e-mail us.

Last updated: February 27, 2019

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