One of the Florida State Parks Foundation (FSPF) primary areas of interest is supporting children’s education programs in our state parks. We believe taking children off campus on field trips allows them to get a broader view of their community. It helps give them a sense of place and place attachment but must, at the same time, help with their educational goals.
Florida State Parks are tremendous adjunct classrooms and have a cadre of staff and volunteers who have developed excellent educational programs on Florida’s environment, history, and culture. These programs enhance required studies in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as well as Social Studies. Teachers are eager to take advantage of these resources, but school budgets often fall short of the funds needed to pay the bus transportation costs – that’s where Yellow Buses in the Parks can help.
Yellow Buses in the Parks is a grant program that helps fund bus transportation costs for student field trips to Florida State Parks. Another Foundation program, LIFE-Learning In Florida’s Environment, assists with funds for supplies and equipment that the parks need like microscopes, dip nets, nature guides, etc., to enhance the learning experience.
Educating Florida’s children is a team effort that requires caring and dedicated teachers, park rangers, volunteers and generous people willing to help finance programs.
Become part of the team! Visit our website floridastateparksfoundation.org to donate and to join our organization.