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LOCKPORT – Almost 2,000 fourth-grade students from Buffalo public schools are taking field trips to Lockport this spring to see the Erie Canal locks and the nearby Erie Canal Discovery Center.

Jean Mackay of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor said Monday that the trips began in May and will continue until mid-June.

The field trips were organized through the Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride Program, which funds transportation to canal sites and pays for educational programming.

“Every fourth-grader in New York State learns about the Erie Canal, but few ever see it,” corridor director Bob Radliff said.

Students tour the Discovery Center and then visit the Flight of Five historic locks, as well as Locks 34 and 35, which have been in operation since 1914.