Thanks to donations to the Glacier National Park Conservancy we will have travel grants available for the 2016-2017 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.
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 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 the Glacier National Park Conservancy is able to fill your request.
Fourth Graders to Montana Public Lands
$300 Montana Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants Available for Fourth Grade 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, which supports the White House youth initiative Every Kid in a Park. The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration-wide effort between the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Army, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Education. The goal of this program is to have an ongoing, yearly commitment to bring fourth graders to their public lands and waters so that all children will have the opportunity to build a connection by the time they are 12 years old. As public lands serve as natural tools for learning, these students will be exposed to and build ownership of their cultural and natural heritage. The National Park Foundation is leading the on-the-ground efforts for the field trip grants. With cutbacks in school funding for field trips, this strategic funding will help provide comprehensive access to natural, cultural, and historical parks.
Glacier National Park will use the grant money to provide transportation funding to fourth grade classrooms to visit federal and state public lands in Montana. The park is partnering with the Montana Environmental Education Association to distribute the bus grants.
Requests for the $300 bus grants will be filled on a first come, first served, basis to fourth grade classrooms in Montana that are underserved in their access to public lands for outdoor education. Field trips can take place any time in 2017. 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 a 2017 Fourth Graders to MT Public Lands Bus Grant Application. Grants will continue to be awarded until funding is no longer available.