- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - The Cuomo administration has doubled the funding for a state program designed to get children out to New York state parks and historic sites.

Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state parks office, made the announcement Tuesday at the opening of the Creekside Classroom, new building in Saratoga Spa State Park that will serve as an environmental education center.

Funding for Connect Kids to Parks field trip grant program is being increased from $500,000 to $1 million. Officials say the funding will pay for field trips for students at schools in low-income districts.

At the Saratoga park, a former building containing restrooms has been transformed into a new $667,000 indoor classroom that will host the park’s environmental and docent education programs. The space is large enough to accommodate school field trips.


This story has been changed to correct cost of new facility to $667,000 instead of $664,000.

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