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Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program

Grants to New York Teachers and Organizations in Eligible Areas
for Field Trips Related to the Water Supply System

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Funding Source:

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Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC)

Deadline Date:

01/04/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to New York teachers, organizations, and community groups in New York City and upstate regions for environmental education field trips and tours. This program supports field trips for students in grades 4-12 to teach them about their local watershed. A special focus is placed on how trees and forests filter and protect water quality.

The most powerful way to learn about NYC’s remarkable water supply system is to experience it first-hand. WAC supports groups that want to understand how forests and people work together to provide NYC with some of the best drinking water on the planet with minimum filtration.

This competitive matching grant program help pays for watershed forestry-related tours to the NYC Watershed. All tours include a visit to an NYC-DEP drinking water reservoir. There are four tour options available during the upcoming cycle:

1) Environmental Center and Reservoir Tour

Explore the NYC watershed at 1 of 4 Environmental Centers. Select programming from among the centers’ watershed forestry-themed courses listed below. At Clearpool and Frost Valley, you may choose to explore a Model Forests, which is a living classroom that demonstrates sustainable forestry practices for water quality protection. All tours include a guided visit to either the Cross River Reservoir (East of Hudson tours) or the Neversink Reservoir (West of Hudson tours). Teatown Lake Reservation hosts day trips only. All other centers host day and overnight trips.

2) Trout in the Classroom Trout Release and Reservoir Tour

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) participants travel to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Westchester County in April or May to release their trout into the Cross River, which flows directly into the Cross River Reservoir that supplies drinking water to NYC. TIC and WAC educators lead customized watershed, forestry, and water quality activities that investigate the connection between healthy forests, trout habitat and clean drinking water. All tours include a guided visit to the nearby Cross River Reservoir. Maximum number of participants, including adults, is 112, or the capacity of 2 coach buses.

3) Trees for Tribs Tree Planting and Reservoir Tour

Be an active steward of your watershed and help improve water quality by planting trees along tributaries (streams) that flow into NYC drinking water reservoirs! Trees for Tribs tree planting tours are day tours that take place in late April or early May at Hilltop Hanover Farm in the Croton Watershed. In addition to planting trees, WAC educators lead customized watershed, forestry, and water quality activities. All tours include a guided visit to the nearby Cross River Reservoir. Student groups must be 6th grade or higher. Maximum number of participants, including adults, is 56, or the capacity of 1 coach bus.

4) Adult Professional Development Tour

Witness the source of your drinking water and explore how well-managed forests protect water quality and support local economies in the NYC watershed. All tours include a guided visit to a NYC-DEP drinking water reservoir. We strongly recommend visiting 1 of WAC’s 4 Model Forests, which are living classrooms that demonstrate sustainable forestry practices for water quality protection. Other environmental or cultural sites may be included depending on group interests. Visit the Catskills Watershed Corporation’s Field Trip Ideas webpage for a list of great possible destinations throughout the watershed regions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178062

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization, community group, or 4-12th grade classroom in municipalities wholly or partially within the East and West of Hudson Watersheds or the 5 boroughs of NYC may apply. If you’re not sure if you are eligible, please email the funding source.

Pre-Application Information:

There are 2 rounds of funding each year with applications due in early January and August and partial funding is often awarded primarily for transportation costs.

Applications are currently being accepted. Applications are due by Friday, January 4th by 5pm.

All applicants will be notified of their application status by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Grantees receive half of the grant award up front and the second half as reimbursement after the tour.

Teacher resources:
Watershed Forestry Essentials:

Contact Information:

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

Tyler Van Fleet
Watershed Educator
Watershed Agricultural Council
1275 Hanover Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: (914) 962-6355 x21
Fax: (914) 962-5436

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: The 5 boroughs of NYC;   New York: Within the East and West of Hudson Watersheds