MEEA is excited to support educators of all kinds in their efforts to get their students outside and engaging with the natural world. That process takes time and it takes money. The resources on this page aim to help with the latter half of that equation.
MEEA “Get Em’ Outside” Mini-Grants
Celebrating environmental education, the purpose of the “Get Em Outside Mini-Grant” program is to support educators in getting participants outside and connecting with nature. Applications close on December 31, every year. For details, visit our Get Em’ Outside Mini Grant Page.
Montana Students to Public Lands Travel Grants
$300 Montana Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants Available for Primarily Fourth Grade Classrooms!
Glacier National Park has been selected as a National Park Foundation Open Outdoors for Kids (OOK) Grant recipient. Glacier National Park, Montana State Parks Foundation and the MEEA are partnering together to provide transportation funding to Montana classrooms (with an emphasis on fourth grade) to visit federal and state public lands.
How to Apply for a grant:
To apply for a grant, complete a 2023 MT Fourth Graders to Public Lands Travel Grant Application. Grants will continue to be awarded until funding is no longer available.
Field trips must take place by June 30, 2023. Applicants must indicate that they are going to a public land site that is supported by the Open OutDoors for Kids Grant 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.
Preference will be given to applicants that:
- Apply before January 6, 2023
- Describe in their applications how they will implement a “three aspect” project that includes a pre-visit lesson, the field day, and post visit elements. (Ex. Plan to include interpretative and/or educational programs at public lands sites.)
- Hold Title 1 school classification in 2022 and/or 2023 (if the applicant is school-based)
- Have a majority of fourth graders in their classroom/group.
- Represent a wide geographic range across the state.
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Glacier National Park Travel Grants
Travel Grants for Ranger-Led Programs in Glacier National Park
Thanks to donations to the Glacier National Park Conservancy Glacier National Park will have travel grants available for the 2022-2023 school year. Grants of up to $500 can be awarded to help offset field trip expenses. 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. Learn more here.