Tuesday, Congressman John Sarbanes announced the National Park Foundation (NFP) donated over $140,000 to Baltimore City fourth graders.
With the money, students can now go on field trips to visit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Gwynn Falls in Baltimore National Heritage Area, and Hampton National Historic Site.
Funding comes from the NFP's Open OutDoors for Kids program, which aims to connect more kids to national parks and historical sites through educational activities.
"Field trips to national parks like Fort McHenry not only provide young students with transformative, outdoor learning experiences but also deepen their connection to local history," said Congressman John Sarbanes. "This grant funding from the National Park Foundation is a tremendous gift for Baltimore students that will not only inspire the next generation of environmental stewards but also bolster students' appreciation for the rich American culture and history that Maryland has to offer."
And the NFP does not want to stop with Baltimore students. The Open OutDoors for Kids program will provide $2 million in funding to 130 National Park Services sites around the country.
The goal is to help bring more than 200,000 students to national parks.