The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains is one of 65 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Ticket to Ride grant from the National Park Foundation.
Now in its third year, the program provides the funds to make national park field trips possible for schools across the country.
Students participating in the Spread Your Wings program will learn how the life cycle of a butterfly parallels former first lady Rosalynn Carter’s life.
Spread Your Wings is designed to use the outdoors as an alternative classroom to connect youths to nature and to the former first lady’s life. The program will engage youths in exploring natural and cultural history surrounding the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail in and around Plains, and compare the cycle of a butterfly with her life growing up in a rural community during the Great Depression and “morphing” into the first lady of the United States.
Students will learn of Carter’s passion for protecting natural habitats and tie in her story to challenge them to contribute to society in their own special ways.
For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America’s national parks, visit www.nationalparks.org. For more information on the National Park Service, visit www.nps.gov.