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Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program

The Bus Grant Program assists schools and nonprofit organizations with the transportation expenses of field trips and outdoor learning opportunities at Missouri state parks and historic sites. Bus grants have been made available to Missouri schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations throughout the state. This is a noncompetitive grant that is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants.

The Bus Grant Program grant round is currently closed. The Bus Grant Program grant round will open in early fall of this year. The new applications will be posted when the grant round opens.

Bus Grant Application and Instructions:

Check back in fall 2024 for the new application and instructions.

For more information about the Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program, please email

Highlighted Projects:

Over 50 students pose in front of a stone wall with "ONONDAGA CAVE STATE PARK" on it

Thayer High School

Students from Thayer High School visited Onondaga Cave State Park to learn about a variety of ecosystems, processes that shape our environment, karst topography and issues park systems face as they try to preserve our caves for future generations. 

Eleven students and a teacher stand in front of exhibits, including a stuffed bison.

Miami R-1 Elementary School

Students from Miami R-1 Elementary School visited Prairie State Park to learn how Native Americans used bison for their survival and why preserving our prairies and natural resources is important.

Students stand on the arched stairway of the Capitol rotunda, while  three adults stand on the floor, centered between the two ends of the stairway.

Arcadia Valley Middle School

Students from Arcadia Valley Middle School attended the Missouri Department of Natural Resources annual Earth Day celebration on April 21, 2023, on the south lawn of the Missouri Capitol

A guide speaks to students inside a cave

Jefferson City School District – Clarence Lawson Elementary School

Students from Clarence Lawson Elementary traveled to Ozark Caverns at Lake of the Ozark State Park as a thank you and a reward for their dedication and leadership and their willingness to help with the Safety Patrol program during the school year. 

Two girls pan for gems using sieves in a sluice while other students play cornhole and ring toss in the background.

Ralls County Elementary School

Students from Ralls County Elementary School went to Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site to learn about the site’s history and participate in park activities.