Open Outdoors for Kids

$200 Montana Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants Available for Fourth Grade Classrooms

Are you an educator working with 4th grade students? You can apply for $200 to get them outside to ANY public lands in Montana!

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Glacier National Park, Montana State Parks, and MEEA have 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 Outdoors.  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 learn about their heritage and connect with nature. The National Park Foundation is leading the on-the-ground efforts for the field trip grants. 

Glacier National Park will use the grant money to work with Montana State Parks and the Montana Environmental Education Association 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 2020 MT Fourth Graders to Public Lands Bus Grant Application. Grants will continue to be awarded until funding is no longer available.

Field trips must take place by August 30, 2020. Applicants must indicate that they are going to a public land site that is supported by the Every Kid Outdoors 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 October 26, 2019.
–     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 site.)
–     Hold Title 1 school classification in 2018 and/or 2019 (if the applicant is school-based)

–  Have a majority of fourth graders in their classroom/group. 

–  Represent a wide geographic range across the state.

See the DOI Press Release and the National Park Foundation Grant Announcement for more information.

MEEA is proud to partner with Glacier National Park and the National Park Foundation to distribute these funds for the fourth year in a row! Thanks to this partnership over 40 school classrooms will get to travel to public lands this year.