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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:18

Grant to help kids explore the Great Smokies

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A $20,000 Google Field Trip Days grant will help the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont give more kids and school groups access to its immersive environmental education programs.

The grant, which is part of the National Parks Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids Program, will support scholarships for underserved youth to take part in Tremont’s three-day educational program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

“We need the support of our community to get youth outside and active in nature, so our deepest thanks go out to these wonderful donors whose support creates lasting impacts on the next generation,” said Jen Jones, Tremont’s president and CEO. 

The Google Field Trip Days grants are part of the NPF’s $350 million Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks and will make it possible for about 1,700 underserved children to visit national parks for participation in multi-day immersive environmental education programs. 

Tremont is a nonprofit education partner of the Smokies, hosting 6,000 youth and adults from more than 30 states each year to live and learn in America’s most-visited national park. 

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