Connect-Kids-to-Parks Field Trip Grant Program

New York

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Equity Policy

Climate Education Policy


Grant Fund

Community Process

Outdoor Recreation


Outdoor Recreation

Each grant provides reimbursement of up to $40 per student (and $80 for Special Education students) for field trips to state and federal parks, forests, historic sites, fish hatcheries and other outdoor recreation areas, up to $1000 total. Schools receiving Title 1 funding, as well as a range of after school or municipal programs serving low-income youth, are eligible for grants. Grants are available for transportation to more than 250 state parks, historic sites, nature centers and outdoor facilities, Department of Environmental Conservation fish hatcheries, as well as 8 other approved locations, including New York Audubon sites, museums, private parks, and others.

The Connect Kids Field Trip Grant is a reimbursement grant program. Reimbursable field trip expenses include transportation, program fees, entry fees, and/or pavilion fees. Funding for the field trip grant program comes from the state Environmental Protection Fund's enhanced environmental justice program approved in the 2019-20 state budget. While initially funded at $500,000 per year, funding was doubled in 2018.

Policy Details

Year Created


Most Recent Yearly Funding

$1 million

Total Program 


$3 million

Continuing or One-time Funding


Funding Source

State Environmental Protection Fund

Path to Enactment

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Bill Number