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Arkansas State Parks Field Trip Grant Program


Park ranger leading students hiking Considering a field trip to an Arkansas State Park? Arkansas’s 52 state parks are natural treasures full of cultural heritage set on gorgeous mountains, lakes, streams, and forests. Guided park programs and activities, aligned to state curriculum standards, will help your students get in touch with nature and Arkansas history. They'll also create lifelong memories.

Unfortunately, some schools have lacked the travel funds needed to provide this special experience for their students and teachers. Now those schools can receive up to $1,000 specifically for that purpose thanks to the Arkansas State Parks Field Trip Grant Program.

The grants will focus on a classroom visiting the park during the school year. Priority will be given to field trips that align with the school curriculum and are between September and April.

To schedule a field trip to an Arkansas State Park, please contact the State Park you wish to visit. If you need assistance selecting a park to visit, call (888) 287-2757 for a referral or use our Park Finder to search by location or activity.


Grant Guidelines

  • ASP Field Trip Grant is available to public, private, charter, and home school groups in Arkansas, grades K-12.
  • Field trips are available through the Arkansas State Parks and must be scheduled prior to submitting the application.
  • All field trips must take place at an Arkansas State Park.
  • Maximum award $1,000: If further funding is needed beyond the maximum amount of $1,000, please provide a justification and total amount to accompany your application.
  • Funds may be used for the following:
    1. Mileage Reimbursement: Up to $0.42 per mile.
    2. Cost associated with bus driver(s) and use of bus
    3. Substitute teacher(s)
  • Grant applications are due the first of each month (except December).
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Submission

Submit one copy of this application, either by mail or email to:
Jama Best
Arkansas Humanities Council
407 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 201
Little Rock, AR 72201
JamaBest@sbcglobal.net


Specialized Plates

Arkansas State Parks license plate Money for the grants comes from the sale of State Parks of Arkansas specialty license plates. The specialty plates are $35.00 with $25.00 of that amount going to an educational fund. In addition to the field trip grant program, the educational fund will also be used to provide scholarships and internships for college students who are studying park related fields. The fund was created under the authority of Act 292 of the 2011 regular legislative session.



For more information please contact:
Jama Best
Arkansas Humanities Council
Senior Program Officer
407 President Clinton Ave, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 320-5761
JamaBest@sbcglobal.net
or

Kevin Carr
Arkansas State Parks
Administration Section Manager
One Capitol Mall, Room 4B-200
Little Rock, AR 72201
(888) 287-2757
Kevin.Carr@Arkansas.gov