Attention teachers: New York State Parks wants to help you plan your next field trip - with a grant!

Why not take your class to one of our beautiful state parks for a field trip adventure? I know, field trips are a huge expense! So, here is a way to help. The Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program is available to K-12 classrooms in Title 1 schools across the New York state. The goal is to connect the kids with the parks. Here are a few of the programs offerings:

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  • Trained educational staff

  • 21 parks with environmental education staff

  • 20 historic sites with historic interpretation staff

  • Broad experience in leading field trips. As a leader in school programming in New York State, State Parks lead programs to over 220,000 students in 2015

  • Hands on programs for students in grades K-12 on New York State History, conserving New York’s environmental resources, and outdoor physical fitness

  • Standards based programming in Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Technology, Arts, and Physical Education

The transportation grants will reimburse bus costs, tolls, the fee for bus entry into the facility and any programs fees, up to $750. The program will start accepting applications on July 1, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, visit Connect Kids To Parks.

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