HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — A program that helps teachers use the Appalachian Trail as an outdoor classroom is getting a $50,000 boost from the American Honda Foundation.

The grant supports the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s “Trails to Every Classroom” program.

Since 2006, it has trained 175 teachers in developing lesson plans based on the national scenic trail, which stretches from Maine to Georgia.

The program has reached 7,000 students, and teachers have developed networks for sharing lesson plans on topics including science, art and mathematics.

There are weekend regional workshops, capped by a weeklong summer institute at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown.

One of the goals is to keep new generations volunteering to work on the trail.

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