Teachers! Transportation Mini-Grants

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9/11/17 Update- The deadline to apply has passed. 

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve Education staff and Foundation are pleased to announce the first round of Transportation Mini-Grants to support school field trips to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. The grants will supplement the expenses of school bus rental to enable teachers to bring their eager students to experience the wonders of the Reserve. Application deadline September 11, 2017.

Transportation Mini-Grant Application – click here

Each year the Elkhorn Slough Reserve hosts nearly 8,000 school students who explore the wetlands and oak woodlands, learn about nature, and discover the tiny life in a single drop of water.

We know many more class field trips would happen if there was funding for transportation. For that reason, the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Transportation Fund was created. The Transportation Mini-Grants (ranging from $50 to $300) are designed to help teachers bring students on field trips by off-setting the expense of transportation.

To submit a grant application, please complete the Transportation Mini-Grant Application by the September 11, 2017 deadline. Teachers receiving an award will be notified in October. Grants are awarded on the following criterion:

  • Title One school
  • Accredited K-12 educational institution
  • Requesting teacher’s attendance in Teacher on the Reserve teacher training, or intention to do so
  • Applications received by September 11, 2017
  • Demonstrated need

Each school visit to the Reserve includes an orientation by a trained naturalist. Teachers who have completed the Teacher on the Reserve training may request time in our state-of-the-art Microscope Learning Lab and use of education activity kits.

This grant program helps us to meet a critical need in our community for field trip transportation funding. If you have any questions please contact Virginia Guhin at Virginia.Guhin@wildlife.ca.gov or 831.728.2822

*Teachers on the Reserve training is not a requirement to receive a grant; teachers who have completed the training will be given priority.