Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program

connect-kids-to-parksThe Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program is available to K-12 classrooms in Title 1 schools across the state to connect New York public school children with nature and New York State history by providing reimbursement grants to public schools for visits to a New York State park, nature center or historic site, a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Center or Fish Hatchery, or the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb.

Classes may participate in special guided programs at some sites, or self-guided tours. Grants will reimburse bus costs, tolls, the fee for bus entry into the facility and any programs fees, up to $750.

The Connect Kids Transportation Grants Program is administered by NYS Parks in cooperation with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and is funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. To learn more and apply for grants, visit the NYS Parks website.

Questions about the program can be directed to Susan Carver at (518) 474-6736 or susan.carver@parks.ny.gov.

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One Response

  1. Keith Gorgas says:

    This is almost comical, as it displays the schizophrenic nature of NY State’s government. One hand, the DEC, is busy planning to spend countless millions of taxpayer dollars destroying the Adirondack Railroad, which is on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and is in the top seven sites chosen by the State Historic preservation people as most important to save. On the other hand we have this noble effort to spend more taxpayer money to bus young people to reconnect with our history. I wonder if I’m alone in seeing the irony here. To add to the irony, as the bus driver for Rail Explorers, another business being driven from NY State by this short sighted plan, I gave about 200 tourists a day a guided tour of the Saranac Inn fish hatcheries grounds, explaining as we drove through about the history of the CCC and explanation of the Atlantic Salmon stocking program. All told, about 37,000 tourists experienced our historic tour over the past two years and NY State has spared no expense in eliminating that.

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