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Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program

Bus grants assist 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.

The Bus Grant Program grant round is currently open and accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. These are noncompetitive grants that are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants. Applications must be submitted by email or mail by May 15, 2023, for field trips planned for the 2022-2023 school year (July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023).

Application and Instructions:

For more information about the Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program, please email mspgrants@dnr.mo.gov.

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Highlighted Projects:

Centerville School

Students went to Dillard Mill State Historic Site to learn how a mill works and how Dillard Mill impacted the area. They visited the mill and millpond and explored the nature trail.

Lawson Elementary School

Students from Clarence Lawson Elementary School toured Ozark Caverns at Lake of the Ozarks State Park.

St. Elizabeth Bus Grant Trip

Students went to Bennett Spring State Park to enjoy the nature trails, learn about the fish hatchery, and experience the nature center and playground.

Thayer High School

Students visited Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, where they experienced what life was like in the mid-1800s.