One of the biggest challenges schools and other organizations face when taking kids on environmental education field trips is reasonably priced transportation. Many field trip destinations, including the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center offer Title 1 Schools reduced admission prices, but there are few options available for lowering transportation costs. The Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is launching the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus Program to eliminate that roadblock so more under-served children can experience the outdoors in Central Texas.
The Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus is a fully-sized re-purposed school bus used exclusively for nature related school field trips. The bus will be used to not only bring students to Westcave, but will also be available for rental at a significantly reduced price, or free if we can secure full underwriting, for schools and other organizations to bring their youth to any number of nature locations in the greater Austin area. Examples of future uses of the adventure bus include the following:
Westcave Wins Impact Austin!
Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus Secures Funding
Over the past year the Westcave Staff and Board have been working on a project that will help thousands of low-income children connect with Westcave. The Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus in the first two years is estimated to help directly connect 7,500 children with the outdoors. "With $126,000 raised over the past year it has finally set in. We're getting a bus. Thousands of children across our community who otherwise would never get the chance to connect with the outdoors now will."
- Ryan Spencer - CiNCA Manager
This project is a part of Westcave's CiNCA program and will help children connect with dozens of nature centers and places that lend themselves to nature based activities. "All of us at Westcave are thrilled to see the community embrace this project in such a collaborative and enthusiastic way." - Molly Stevens - Executive Director.
For more information about the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus feel free to contact Ryan Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westcave Wades into Crowdfunding
Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus Reaches Goal!
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center made its first attempt at crowdfunding with its newest program the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus. Over the course of 3 months and with the support of over 83 individual donors Westcave reached its very lofty goal of $20,000 by the conclusion of the campaign on March 20, 2015.
“We just want our community to feel a sense of ownership over this project. This project will not only help thousands of children get outside it represents our community’s commitment to connecting children with nature.” – Ryan Spencer – Project Manager