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Field Trip Grants

Did you know that teachers can apply for a grant to take their class on a field trip to visit a Tennessee State Park? Whether students are learning about science, history or a variety other subjects, Tennessee State Parks provide a unique opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

Grants are available for K-8 students to take a field trip to visit one of the 56 state parks across Tennessee (Fun fact: there is one within an hour of every Tennessee student!) Funding covers transportation, lunches/snacks and related project supplies. Grants are competitive and not all applications will be funded.



* The Field Trip Grant is now closed for the 2019 grant cycle. *


About Tennessee State Parks School of the Great Outdoors

Based on a successful program by the National Park Foundation, which supports the National Park Service, the Tennessee State Parks School of the Great Outdoors Program provides funding for Tennessee students to visit their local state park.

About the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy

The Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner of the Tennessee State Park system, raises money to support educational programs, health initiatives and special park projects that preserve, protect and enhance the 56 state parks across Tennessee

Grant Information

Grant amounts depend on the number of students participating. Successful grant applications typically receive no more than $10/student. Receipts/Purchase Orders must be submitted to receive funding.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by representatives from the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, Tennessee State Parks and donors (as applicable).

Programs that serve underserved students, such as Title One, will be given preference.


Applicants, both those who will receive the grant and those who do not, will be notified by March 1st.

Required Documents:

Pre and post activity descriptions (and examples, documentation etc. if possible) and final evaluation must be submitted within 30 days of field trip.


The reimbursement request form must be submitted within 30 days of field trip will all receipts/purchase orders. Accommodations will be considered to schools that require advance funding.

Expenses will be reimbursed within two weeks of receipt of ALL final grant documents (pre and post activity descriptions, evaluation and receipts/purchase orders).

Eligibility Requirements*

  • Tennessee State Park field trip grants are only available to Tennessee public schools students in Kindergarten-8th grade.
  • Field trips must include a scheduled ranger-led visit to one of the 56 parks included in the Tennessee State Park system. If you receive the grant you are responsible for contacting the park to schedule your visit.
  • To gain the most from your field trip experience field trips must include a pre-activity so the students know what to expect and well as a post-activity to determine what they have learned. Assessment metrics are preferred.
  • Grant recipients must to complete a liability waiver and a photo release for all field trip participants.
  • Grant recipients must complete and submit pre and post activity descriptions and final evaluation within 30 days of field trip.
  • Reimbursement request form must be submitted within 30 days of field trip date with all receipts/purchase orders.

* Failure to adhere to eligibility requirements will disqualify a school from future grant opportunities.


Kelly Tipler, Executive Director

Tennessee State Parks Conservancy