Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Transportation Grant Program

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Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Application: Apply Now   *** Only apply within six months of scheduled field trip ***

Connect Kids to Parks

The Connect-Kids-to-Parks Field Trip Grant Program (Connect Kids) is designed to connect students in New York State with nature and history. 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.


Organizations that are eligible to apply include: public schools, municipal youth bureaus, BOCES programs, and select not-for-profits (such as summer camps and after-school programs). All not-for-profits must be Prequalified in the Grants Gateway. Each class or organization group is eligible for up to three transportation grants per academic session.

Field trip locations covered under the program include:


The Connect Kids Field Trip Grant is a reimbursement grant program. This means that each grant recipient (whether a school, municipal youth bureau, after-school program, or not-for-profit) must cover all initial field trip costs. Grant funds will not be released until after a field trip has occurred, all incurred expenses have been paid, and proof of payment has been provided to the Community Programs Unit.

Reimbursable field trip expenses include transportation, program fees, entry fees, and/or pavilion fees. The grant does not reimburse costs for food, school-purchased field trip supplies, lifeguard salaries, or any costs for chaperones who drive separately.

If you or your organization is eligible for a Connect Kids Field Trip Grant, but is nonetheless unable to afford the trip, contact the Community Programs Unit at 518-474-0409 extension #1.

Connect Kids Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


Every-Kid-in-a-Park 4th Grade Free Entry Program

New York State Parks will accept the National Park Service's (NPS) Every-Kid-in-a Park pass upon presentation for free entry for 4th grade students into all State Parks. Learn more about the program and guidelines.

Virtual Nature Lessons

Nature is all around us. Our State Park environmental educators have compiled innovative ideas and creative activities to explore the outdoors near you. From searching for signs of spring to identifying bird songs, these activities connect you with the natural world without having to travel any further than your backyard, your neighborhood or an outdoor space close to your home.