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Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant

Grants to Indiana Teachers to Offset the
Cost of Hands-On Learning Experiences

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Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs and Indiana Natural Resources Foundation - Discover the Outdoors Fund (DOF)

Deadline Date:

06/30/21 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $250 to Indiana educators to offset the costs of class trips. This program is open to teachers of private, parochial, public, and home schools in grades kindergarten through 12. Eligible trips must relate to classroom instruction and address academic goals. The grant program is designed to distribute funds to educators interested in taking students on field trips to an Indiana state park or reservoir.

Field trips can engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, or natural habitats and their conservation, or about Indiana's history and cultural resources as they relate to Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs. These learning experiences should support science, social studies, and other academic concepts being taught in the classroom. Grants will enable educators to provide real-world learning experiences beyond the classroom.

Each grant request shall be for one specific trip or combination of multiple visits to an Indiana state park or reservoir, and must include an experience with full-time or seasonal interpretive naturalist at that site (hike, talk, or other scheduled program). A list of eligible sites is available at

The grant request is for transportation costs, program fee costs, and applicable material costs. Field trips must involve a minimum of fifteen (15) students in kindergarten through grade 12. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157462

Number of Grants:

Multiple awards may be distributed each year based on the availability of funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $250 per application, regardless of the number of grades and students included in the application.

Term of Contract:

The planned field trip must occur between September 1 - June 1 of the school year following the application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any educator in a school or school district in Indiana from kindergarten to grade 12 may apply for the grant. Educators in home school groups are also eligible.

Pre-K classes are not eligible at this time.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted between May 1 - June 30 each year for the school year to follow. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30.

Applicants will be notified by August 1 regarding potential grant awards.

The applicant is responsible for scheduling the field trip. Scheduling requirements may vary from property to poreprty, so make contact early.

Prior to the planned field trip, each successful applicant will receive funding by check for the trip.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail completed applications to
Discover the Outdoors Field Trip Grants
Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
402 W. Washington, Room W298
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact the program director at the above address or at

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