Take a Blended Field Trip

Grants for Schools to Take Blended Field Trips to California State Parks for Academic Year 2021-22

Hello California Educators!

The new passPORTS project from the California State Parks, PORTS program is working with educators from around the state to re-imagine the school field trip. We have a grant opportunity for you to create a blended field trip to learn about the environmental, scientific, cultural, and historic richness of California!

You and your students are invited to join our program at participating California State Parks in the 2021-22 school year for a blended field trip when health safety measures and conditions for both school districts and CA State Parks allow for bus field trips. passPORTS has grant funding for your transportation costs.

What’s a Blended Field Trip?

passPORTS has re-imagined the traditional field trip to “blend” virtual and in-person access to selected California State Parks. First, you and your students participate in a “virtual” video conference visit with a CA State Park Interpreter. Next, at a future date, you take an in-person field trip to the park.

Benefits of a passPORTS Blended Field Trip

  • Students get an educational experience based on the park’s ecosystem, geography, or history

  • Teachers select from CCSS/NGSS and environmental literacy curriculum

  • Teachers select ready-made, grade level science, ELA, or history lessons customized for the park

  • Schools or districts get reimbursed for some or all student transportation costs to the park

Grant Process for Planning Your Blended Field Trip - 7 Easy Steps!

  1. Schedule your appointment and initial consultation with PassPORTS Project Coordinator: https://bit.ly/passports-info

  2. Fill out your Reimbursement Request form prior to your field trip: https://bit.ly/passports-pay

  3. Upon completion of your request, you will receive an anticipated award amount letter to be signed by your school administrator and approved by the passPORTS Team.

  4. Make arrangements for bus transportation through your school district’s process.

  5. The passPORTS team will work with you to choose the instructional materials for your park.

  6. Go on your field trip!

  7. Upon completion of your field trip, your grant will be given as a reimbursement!

Start Your passPORTS Journey Now.!

Click the link to setup your initial consultation: https://bit.ly/passports-info

To talk with a real person, please contact Scott Shepherd, K12 Project Access Coordinator, California State Parks: Scott.Shepherd@parks.ca.gov