There are multiple travel grants you may be eligible to apply for to help make a Glacier field trip possible for your class.
Glacier National Park Travel Grants
Travel Grants for Ranger-Led Programs in Glacier National Park
Thanks to donations to the Glacier National Park Conservancy we will have travel grants available for the 2018-2019 school year. The grants are $300 for schools traveling 51 miles or greater (one-way) to their field trip destination. The grants are $200 for schools traveling 50 or less miles (one-way) to their field trip destination. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the available funding is depleted.
These grants are only available for schools that already have a confirmed, ranger or park staff-led program in Glacier National Park. Ranger-led program reservations can be made on-line starting August 20, 2018 at 8 am from the link on the Ranger-Led Field Trips page.
In order to be eligible for a grant, schools must be scheduled for one of our ranger-led, curriculum-based programs or for a service learning project with the Native Plant Restoration or Citizen Science program. Schools participating in a Glacier Institute Education Program at Big Creek and who are stopping at Apgar for the ranger-led program are also eligible to apply.
Teachers must complete the on-line travel grant form. It will automatically be sent to Glacier's Education Specialist who will verify that you have a ranger-led field trip to the park scheduled. You will then be notified by email if Glacier National Park Conservancy is able to fill your request.
Montana Elementary Students to Public Lands Travel Grants
$200 Montana Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants Available for Elementary Grade (K-5) Classrooms
Glacier National Park has been selected to receive a National Park Foundation Grant. This grant is part of the Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program (OOK). The National Park Foundation's OOK field trip grants, which primarily cover the cost of transportation, have complemented the federal "Every Kid in a Park" (EKIP) initiative by introducing elementary-age students to parks in their communities through field trips, helping to build the next generation of stewards.
Glacier National Park will use the grant money to provide transportation funding to Montana K-5th grade classrooms and youth programs, to visit federal and state public lands. The park is partnering with the Montana Environmental Education Association and Montana State Parks to distribute the bus grants.
Requests for the forty available $200/classroom bus grants will be filled from applications received between Oct. 6, 2018 - October 22, 2018. (This window may be extended if there are not forty applicants.) The applications will be ranked with higher scores going to 4th grade classrooms that are underserved in their access to public lands for outdoor education. The field trips must be for elementary-age children (if not enough 4th grade applicants than other grades will be awarded) and take place between Jan. 2, 2019 and August 30, 2019. Applicants must indicate that they are going to a public land site that is supported by the EKIP program (which includes state parks in Montana). Educators receiving grant awards must agree to complete a post-visit report after their field trip that includes a field trip photo.
To apply for a grant, complete and submit this application between Oct. 6, 2018 and Oct. 22, 2018. Awardees will be notified of their grant in November so that the funds can be distributed by the end of the calendar year for use in 2019.
Last updated: October 5, 2018