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Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program

Grants to New York Organizations and Classrooms
for Field Trips Related to Trees and the Local Water System

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC)

Deadline Date:

01/03/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to New York organizations, community groups, and 4-12th grade classrooms in New York City and the east and west Hudson watershed regions for environmental education field trips and tours. Funding is intended to support bus trips for students to teach them about their local watershed, trees, forests, and drinking water supply system.

This competitive matching grant program awards to help pay for watershed forestry-related tours to the NYC Watershed.

All tours include a visit to a NYC-DEP drinking water reservoir.

Program Overview 

The purpose of the Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program is to educate the public, especially students, about watersheds, trees and forests, and the New York City drinking water supply system. Participants learn about the NYC watershed’s lands, waters, and people with a special focus on how trees and forests filter and protect water quality. 

Visit the Teacher Resources webpage, especially the Watershed Forestry Essentials and Watershed Forestry Activity Kit, for background information and teaching resources about the 3 main program themes:

  • Theme 1: Watershed form and function (e.g. what is a watershed, what defines a watershed and how does it function, why do watersheds need protection, etc.)
  • Theme 2: Watershed trees and forests (e.g. what are forest ecosystems, how do trees & forests filter and protect water quality [in upstate drinking water watersheds and in downstate suburban/urban environments], what other benefits do trees & forests provide, etc.)
  • Theme 3: New York City water supply system (e.g. what are the different parts of the system, the history of its construction, how can we conserve water and help care for our drinking water watersheds, etc.)

The four bus tour options are:

  1. Environmental Center and Reservoir Tour
  2. Trout in the Classroom Trout Release and Reservoir Tour
  3. Trees for Tribs Tree-Planting and Reservoir Tour
  4. Adult Professional Development Tour

Grants funds may only be used for:

  • Transportation costs (bus rental)
  • Program/Facilitator/Lodging fees
  • Meals during tours

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178062

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000. Please note that partial grant funding is often awarded and is intended primarily to help pay for transportation costs associated with a bus tour.

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 is eligible to apply for funding to participate in one of the four Bus Tour Options described. If you’re unsure of your eligibility, email the funding source.

Student groups younger than 4th grade may be considered for funding if specific watershed and forestry learning outcomes are part of the proposed tour.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by Friday, January 3, 2020 at 5pm.

Two rounds of grant funding are awarded each year with submission deadlines in early January and August.

All applicants will be notified of their application status by Friday, February 14, 2020.

As a matching grant program, all requested funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar with in-kind time (e.g. the value of the time that teachers, staff and volunteers devote to the tour, including preparation and follow-up), in-kind goods (e.g. donated meals, supplies, etc.) or cash (from any source, including school budget, PTA funds, student fees, etc.). You will be asked to demonstrate your matching funds. Many participants are able to meet the matching funds requirement primarily with their in-kind time.

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

Teacher resources:

Contact Information:

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

Please return the completed application by e-mail, fax or mail.

Tyler Van Fleet, Watershed Educator, or
Sarah Gonda, East of Hudson Executive Assistant
Watershed Agricultural Council
1275 Hanover St.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: (914) 962-6355
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

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