CHEYENNE, Oklahoma: The National Park Service’s Centennial Goal is to “Connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.” Park experiences can encourage our youth to become future stewards of these “special places” important to all of us. Unfortunately, diminishing school budgets have prevented many districts from being able to fund these educational field trips for our youth. To address this dilemma, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, launched an extremely successful program in 2012 called, “Ticket to Ride” (TTR). Since that time, hundreds of thousands of students from across the country have been given an opportunity to visit a national park with Ticket to Ride funding. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site was one of 113 national parks selected to receive a 2015 field trip grant.

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