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Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Application: Apply Now

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 outdoor recreation areas.


Eligible organizations include: public schools; county, city, town or village youth bureaus; schools for the deaf and blind; and BOCES programs. Select not-for-profits providing after-school, extracurricular, and summer youth programs may also be eligible. Private schools are not eligible.

All not-for-profits must be Prequalified in the Grants GatewayLeaving New York State Parks. Each class or organization group is eligible for up to three transportation grants per academic session. All field trips must be scheduled with the destination site prior to submission. All applications must be submitted at least two weeks before the trip.

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 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 costs (driver time, fuel), as well as program, entry, and 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.

Reimbursements will be made using the NYS Vendor ID number listed on the application. It is the responsibility of each applicant to verify that this number is correct prior to applying.

Reimbursements will be processed through the Statewide Financial System via Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfer. In some cases, an ACH transfer may combine multiple grant reimbursement(s) with payments from other NYS programs or agencies. Detailed payment information can be obtained using the NYS Vendor Self-Service PortalLeaving New York State Parks (select "Vendor Portal Login").

Connect Kids Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


Community Programs Unit (preferred)
(518) 474-6736 (Calls will be returned on Wednesday each week.)


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