Congressman Brett Guthrie recently announced that the National Park Foundation Open OutDoors for Kids program is awarding a $10,000 grant to Mammoth Cave National Park.

The grant will be used to connect 2,000 fourth graders from nearby elementary schools to Mammoth Cave for field trips.

"Mammoth Cave is the pride of the Second District," said Guthrie. "I am proud to announce this grant that will give local students the chance to visit the park. Using this grant money, kids will be able to enjoy STEM activities at the park, go on scenic hikes, and take a ranger-led cave tour. As a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, I know this will be a great opportunity for Second District students."

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south-central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles (643 km) explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name -- Mammoth.

Mammoth Cave Visitor's Center is located at 1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259. For more information, contact 270-758-2180.