For most teachers, securing funding for field trips is a challenge resulting in many great learning experiences. However, there are grant opportunities available to support field trips!


The Michigan Nature Association (MNA) offers a Nature Field Trip Grant to assist K-12 public and private educators desiring to take their students to qualified natural areas, such as select MNA nature sanctuaries, community nature centers, and other locations.


This grant will award $500 to selected grant recipients based on the quality of the application. MNA wants to help all students experience natural areas, but is especially interested in urban schools traveling to natural areas. This grant will cover bus transportation and educational supplies. This grant requires a final report once the field trip is complete.


If you are interested, please complete and submit the application by February 23, 2018. Funds, if awarded, will be dispersed by March 31. In addition, they offer grants for fall field trips during September.

Discovering PLACE is hosting a teacher professional development opportunity with Michigan Technical University to focus on Water Education!

Brian Doughty, Outdoor Science Investigation Field Trip Program Coordinator, will lead participants through a demonstration of the Flint Portal. During this session, participants will receive four activity kits to use with their students. Joan Chadde, the director of Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach will demonstrate how to successfully use these kits with your students. These kits will allow educators and their students to learn more about the Watershed, their drinking water, and the wastewater treatment process.



University of Michigan-Flint Northbank Center (432 N. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502)

Innovation Incubator (Suite 207 on the 2nd floor) Visit for driving directions


Monday, November 20, 2017

4PM – 8PM

If you have a laptop available to you, you may want to bring it to this session. Dinner will be provided. Registration is required to attend this event. Please click HERE for the online registration form. There will be a question and answer session after the presentations.