For Teachers

Field Trip Foundation (FTF) provides grants for outdoor field trips for grades 3rd through 5th which provide environmental education opportunities for Bay Area students. Grants are provided to teachers in Bay Area schools with a majority of low-income students.

Our goal is to enable trips which:

  • Provide a rich, outdoor environmental education experience for the students
  • Otherwise would not happen due to a lack of funds
  • Enhance and complement the in-class curriculum
  • Are effective in their cost/student ratio

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and decisions are made monthly. An acknowledgement will be mailed back to you upon receipt of your application. Please allow 4 weeks for review and approval. We will contact you with any further questions.

Grants range from $100 to $500, but exceptional grants may be approved up to $1000. Grants with a lower cost per student will be more favorably evaluated (e.g. a grant for $500 for 50 students is more likely to be approved than a $500 grant for 30 students). Grants requests are evaluated on their educational quality and ability to enhance/leverage in-class curriculum.

Grantees must provide a brief post-trip report on the educational value of the trip and photos of the trips are encouraged. A short report form will be provided at the time of the grant.

The Foundation can also help match teachers with local resources for field trips (see list below). If you need assistance in putting a trip together, please email us with your questions at

Grant Application

Applications should be brief; no more than two pages in length and must include the following information.

  • School name, school district, teacher name, contact phone number/email/ address, class grade, number of students involved, and percentage of students on subsidized/free school lunch program going on the trip
  • A description of the proposed trip and its educational value to the students and the teacher(s)
  • How the trip fits into and enhances your in-class curriculum (very important)
  • A budget for the entire trip (transportation, food, fees)
  • List of other funding sources being sought for the trip (a.k.a. fund raisers, parent contributions, school budget)
  • Number of volunteers/chaperones needed and how you will or already have recruit(ed) them

Incomplete applications cannot be considered. The completed application must be signed by your principal, scanned and emailed to

Additional questions may be emailed to

A few local resources and places for field trips:

  • Environmental Volunteers (
  • Año Nuevo State Reserve (tours in mid-Dec through March;
  • Marine Science Institute (
  • Hidden Villa (
  • SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Don Edwards Environmental Education Center (Alviso))
  • James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (San Mateo Coast- Half Moon Bay)
  • Marine Mammal Center (Marin Headlands)
  • Natural Bridges State Park (Santa Cruz)