Inside Out Education

Our overall mission is to connect people to our state parks, but our focus and passion can be narrowed down to a very specific task – to help children fall in love with Mother Nature and all she has to offer. We do that by connecting them to our Kentucky State Parks through educational programs in their schools.

With this as our primary initiative, the goal is to provide transportation and program support to schools, increasing the number of K-12 students who are able to experience an authentic learning environment at our Kentucky State Parks and Historic Sites.

Once in the parks, a world of learning begins as young people discover their natural, cultural and historical heritage; participate in volunteer and service-learning activities; enjoy recreational opportunities and most importantly, begin a lifelong relationship with our Kentucky State Parks.

Grants are awarded based on the following:

  • Educational goals and instruction plan
  • Budget – matching funds and/or other available resources for field experience
  • Financial or other special need
  • Thorough completion of application and communication with KSPF staff


  • Grants are ONLY applicable for trips to the Kentucky State Parks and Historic Sites.
  • Grants are to be used during the 18-19 school year, including 2019 summer programming
  • Funds are provided as reimbursement pending approval of the application
  • Reimbursement requires completion of assessment forms within 30 days of the field experience
  • Limited funds are available and grants are awarded on a competitive basis

Schedule of Upcoming Reviews:

  • 1st Review: Applications due September 1, 2019
  • 2nd Review: Applications due March 1, 2020

Click To Apply for Funding:

Inside Out Education application 2019-2020


Frayser students visit Old Fort Harrod State Park

“The students were amazed by all of it! The historical interpreters did an amazing job bringing history to life. Students were intrigued by the making of the brooms and guns. They were entranced by the blacksmith’s station. Many of our students were even excited to see the sheep! Some have not seen sheep in person before.”

~Ms. Autumn Hicks, Frayser Elementary teacher