The Friends of Land Between the Lakes recently received a $5000 grant from the western chapter of the TVA Retirees Association to support its School Field Trip Grant program. The School Field Trip Grant program provides funding for public schools within a 100-mile radius of Land Between the Lakes to bring students on educational field trips to the Woodlands Nature Station, Golden Pond Planetarium, Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Brandon Spring Group Center. The Friends of Land Between the Lakes have administered the School Field Trip Grant program since 2001, with support from the USDA Forest Service and a variety of other private donors.
School recipients are selected largely based on demonstrated economic need and whether they would be visiting Land Between the Lakes for the first time as a field trip. In the 2018-19 school year, the School Field Trip Grant funded 33 school groups to visit Land Between the Lakes, with a total of 3118 students participating.
Members of the western chapter of the TVA Retirees Association include retired individuals who worked at several different TVA locations in this region, including Land Between the Lakes while it was under TVA management.