Department of Parks
Transportation Grants From Kentucky State Parks Foundation Support Student Trips

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 05, 2015  
Contact Information:  Molly Caldwell,
859-509-5092 or

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Students from six Kentucky schools are taking field trips to a Kentucky State Park thanks to a transportation grant from the Kentucky State Parks Foundation.


The KSPF’s “Inside Out Education” initiative allows schools to seek the grants that allow students to learn about the environment, history or culture at a Kentucky State Park.


“These trips are great learning experiences for students and allow them to see and learn at a Kentucky State Park,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “We appreciate the donations individuals and businesses make to provide for these grants, offering many young people their only opportunity to visit a state park.”


The schools that have received grants and the park they are visiting are:


-Elliott County Middle School, Carter Caves State Resort Park

-Whitley City Elementary (McCreary County), Old Fort Harrod State Park

-Seneca High School (Jefferson County), Natural Bridge State Resort Park

-Leatherwood Elementary (Perry County), Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

-Williamstown Jr.-Sr. High School (Grant County), Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

-B. Michael Caudill Middle School (Madison County), Carter Caves State Resort Park


Students from Elliott County Middle School visited Carter Caves State Resort Park in January and went on a cave tour, learning about how caves are formed and the importance of bats.

“Many of the students who went on this trip had never been to Carter Caves,” Principal Debbie Stephens said. “Most had never toured a cave. I believe this experience made students more likely to want to visit the park again.”


The foundation will accept applications for grants for the current school year through Feb. 28. For more information about the program, visit




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at