Meg Matthews

Now that spring is upon us, it’s a perfect time for a field trip. Unfortunately, some schools have lacked the travel funds needed to provide this special experience for their students and teachers. Now those schools can receive up to $1,000 specifically for that purpose thanks to the Arkansas State Parks Field Trip Grant Program. The grants focus on a classroom visiting the park during the school year. Money for the grants comes from the sale of The State Parks of Arkansas specialty license plates.

Recently, a new design was unveiled and the plates were placed on sale at all state revenue offices. The design, which features hikers enjoying a scenic landscape, is the result of staff and stakeholder collaboration to generate imagery that reflects our Arkansas State Parks mission. That mission is to enhance quality of life through exceptional outdoor experiences, connections to Arkansas heritage, and sound resource management.  For more information about the license plates go to  Field Trips.  Meg Matthews followed one classroom as they experienced a memory making day at an Arkansas state park and brings us their story.