Great News for Environmental Education!

Subsidies for Field Trips and FREE Busing to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve

May no child be left inside! Field trips to Kaweah Oaks Preserve just got a whole lot more affordable. In recognition of the difficult financial situation most schools face, SRT is only asking them to contribute $1.50 per student towards the cost of their field trip. Field trips often include 100 students or more, so SRT’s increased subsidy can reduce the schools’ costs by upwards of $300.

Tulare County’s LOOP Bus is now available—for free—to transport at-risk students to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve. Yes, that’s right. Field trips to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve are not only heavily subsidized by SRT; transportation to the preserve is completely free.

To sign up for the LOOP bus, visit http://stepuptc.co.tulare.ca.us/?cat=20. Applications for the bus must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the field trip.

Transportation has always been one of the primary hurdles for getting students out to the preserve to interact with nature and put their classroom Science lessons into practice. Simply busing students to the preserve can cost schools upwards of $500 per field trip. Now, with free LOOP Bus Service to the preserve, that hurdle has been eliminated.

SRT hopes these subsidies will allow more students to access the natural wonders that Kaweah Oaks Preserve has to offer them. Study after study has indicated that students who spend time outdoors in nature not only increase their Science test scores, but also improve their problem-solving skills and sense of creativity, abilities that are useful for all facets of life.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust looks forward to strengthening its partnership with  the Tulare County Office of Education and Pro Youth/HEART. Just this week, two groups of Pro Youth/HEART 3rd and 4th graders came out to Kaweah Oaks Preserve for fun and informative curriculum-based tours.

To sign up for a field trip to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve, visit our website (www.sequoiariverlands.org). You can also contact the Education Coordinator, Laura, at (559) 738-0211 x105 or laura@sequoiariverlands.org.

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