$200 Montana Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants Available for Elementary Students

Dear elementary school teacher,

 

I am writing to you to let you know about an exciting opportunity that is targeted toward elementary grade students throughout the state of Montana. Applications for $200 field trip travel grants as part of the 2019 Montana Elementary Students to Public Lands Initiative will be accepted October 6-22, 2018. The grants can be used for field trips to federal and state public lands taking place between January 2 and August 30, 2019. The grant money is aimed at covering transportation-related costs with an emphasis on assisting economically underserved Montana elementary students. For 2019, there will be 40 grants available.

 

Now in its fourth year, the program has already touched the lives of over 4,700 Montana students. “This opportunity was awesome,” said one teacher who received a grant last year, while another commented “many of the students had never been to the areas we visited and were very excited to bring their families back to show them.”

 

The grants are made possible through the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program. This program complements the federal Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) initiative targeted toward fourth grade students. Last year, there were 43 grantees from 38 different Montana schools and programs. Collectively they visited 23 different places, including a wide range of national and state parks, national forests, historical sites, and recreation areas.

 

The $200 grant award can only be used to cover transportation costs. The field trips must be for Montana elementary-aged children, and there will be a preference for fourth grade students as part of the selection process. Applicants will be ranked with higher scores going to classrooms that are underserved in their access to public lands for outdoor education. There will also be a preference for groups and schools that have not previously received an award. Selections will be made with an eye toward broad geographic dispersion across the state in terms of schools and groups represented, and trip destinations.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, click here.

 

Sincerely,
Kyan Bishop

 

Please note: This initiative represents an important cross-sectoral collaboration between Montana State Parks, Glacier National Park, the National Park Foundation, and the Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA). Montana State Parks does not weigh in on grant application decisions and is a partner in supporting this effort solely through its outreach capacity and strong belief in supporting initiatives targeted toward youth outdoor and educational programming.

 

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$200 Montana Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants Available for Elementary Students

Montana State Parks is pleased to announce that $200 field trip travel grant applications as part of the 2019 Montana Elementary Students to Public Lands Initiative will be accepted October 6-22, 2018. The grants can be used for field trips to federal and state public lands taking place between January 2 and August 30, 2019. The grant money is aimed at providing assistance to elementary classrooms that are economically underserved. Click here to apply and to learn more about the grant criteria. For 2019, there will be 40 grants available.