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Tumacácori National Historical Park is one of 113 national parks selected to receive a 2015 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. These funds will be used to support field trips by subsidizing transportation costs –often cited by schools as the leading barrier to getting students outside.
Educational field experiences at Tumacácori are hands-on, inquiry-based, and meet Arizona College and Career-Readiness Standards. Five existing programs explore language arts, history, science, engineering, and archeology. Individually tailored programs can be created; the teaching potential of the site is limited only by the imagination. Neither the programs nor the transportation grant are limited to any particular grade level or field trip type. More information about program content, logistics, and the online grant application for teachers can be found at www.nps.gov/tuma/learn/
"We are so excited to host local students as they explore the many possible subjects," says Superintendent Bob Love. "Tumacácori's buildings, the river, and the stories they tell make up a rich classroom for the 21stcentury student."
As part of the National Park Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program (https://www.nationalparks.org/
Including this year's grantees, National Park Foundation grants have made it possible for more than 300,000 students to visit their national parks.
"Through programs like Open OutDoors for Kids and the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, we are creating the next generation of park stewards, connecting youth across the country to these special places, and inspiring their natural curiosity and love of the outdoors," said Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "We are grateful to all of our partners, including Disney, that make such programs possible and help more people find their park."
"By sharing parks with kids at such a young age, we're building a strong generation of park stewards who will care for and protect these treasured places into the next 100 years,"said Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. "Thanks to our philanthropic partner, the National Park Foundation, we're able to strengthen and enrich our parks through the lasting bond these experiences foster."
For the full list of park grantees, and their projects, visit www.nationalparks.org/ticket-
Since 2014, Disney has been the lead sponsor of Open OutDoors for Kids, helping youth experience a national park, many of them for the first time.