Last Updated: 7/05/17
Now accepting applications for Bus Tours and Green Connections. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5pm.
Discover Your Watershed!
Walk along the top of a dam for views of blue reservoirs. Hike through forests on trails and roads engineered to reduce water pollution. Meet the farmers who produce your food while also protecting the source of your drinking water. Catch glimpses of white-tailed deer, red squirrels, and eagles roaming the New York City watershed’s wild areas.
The most powerful way to learn about NYC’s remarkable water supply system is to experience it first-hand. WAC supports groups that want to understand how forests and people work together to provide NYC with some of the best drinking water on the planet with minimum filtration. So, go on, discover your watershed and apply for a Bus Tour grant today!
Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program
- This competitive matching grant program awards up to $3,000 to help pay for watershed forestry-related tours to the NYC Watershed.
- Any 4th-12th grade teacher, community group or organization in NYC or the NYC Watershed region may apply for 1 of 5 Bus Tour options listed below.
- All tours include a visit to a NYC-DEP drinking water reservoir.
- There are 2 rounds of funding each year with applications due in early January & August and partial funding is often awarded primarily for transportation costs.
- Grantees receive half of the grant award up front and the second half as reimbursement after the tour.
How to Apply
Download the Standard Application or Green Connections Application below. The last page of the applications is the Administrative Support Form, which must be submitted as part of your completed application. You may also download the Administrative Support Form separately. For guidance, check out the Sample Application (please note, it is an older version of the application) and visit our Teacher Resources webpage for background information and teaching resources about NYC watershed forestry.
5 BUS TOUR OPTIONS
NEW: For each Option below, click the BUS TOUR GUIDE links for detailed information about bus and programming rates, course options, and sample itineraries.
ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER & RESERVOIR TOUR
Explore the NYC watershed at 1 of 4 Environmental Centers. Select programming from among the centers’ watershed forestry-themed courses listed in the Bus Tour Guides below. At Clearpool and Frost Valley, you may choose to explore Model Forests, which are are living classrooms that demonstrate sustainable forestry practices for water quality protection. All tours include a guided visit to either the Cross River Reservoir (East of Hudson tours) or the Neversink Reservoir (West of Hudson tours). Teatown Lake Reservation hosts day trips only. All other centers host day and overnight trips.
Use the Standard Application.
TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM TROUT RELEASE & RESERVOIR TOUR
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) participants travel to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Westchester County in April or May to release their trout into the Cross River, which flows directly into the Cross River Reservoir that supplies drinking water to NYC. TIC and WAC educators lead customized watershed, forestry, and water quality activities that investigate the connection between healthy forests, trout habitat and clean drinking water. All tours include a guided visit to the nearby Cross River Reservoir. Maximum number of participants, including adults, is 112, or the capacity of 2 coach buses.
Use the Standard Application.
TREES FOR TRIBS TREE PLANTING & RESERVOIR TOUR
Be an active steward of your watershed and help improve water quality by planting trees along tributaries (streams) that flow into NYC drinking water reservoirs! Trees for Tribs tree planting tours are day tours that take place in late April or early May at Hilltop Hanover Farm in the Croton Watershed. In addition to planting trees, WAC educators lead customized watershed, forestry, and water quality activities. All tours include a guided visit to the nearby Cross River Reservoir. Student groups must be 6th grade or higher. Maximum number of participants, including adults, is 56, or the capacity of 1 coach bus.
Use the Standard Application.
ADULT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TOUR
Witness the source of your drinking water and explore how well-managed forests protect water quality and support local economies in the NYC watershed. All tours include a guided visit to a NYC-DEP drinking water reservoir. We strongly recommend visiting 1 of WAC’s 4 Model Forests, which are living classrooms that demonstrate sustainable forestry practices for water quality protection. Other environmental or cultural sites may be included depending on group interests. Visit the Catskills Watershed Corporation’s Field Trip Ideas webpage for a list of great possible destinations throughout the watershed regions.
Use the Standard Application
GREEN CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
NOTE: Green Connections funding is ONLY available at the August deadline.
Green Connections is a year-long program available to 4-8th grade teachers who have attended the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers. The Green Connections program fosters mutual understanding and friendship between students from New York City and the upstate NYC watershed, while inspiring and enabling them to become excellent life-long stewards of forests and water quality. Students from upstate NYC watershed and downstate NYC classrooms become pen-pal buddies for a school year. Buddies exchange letters, learn from a common watershed curricula, do a local stewardship activity, and share hands-on watershed experiences on two joint bus tours—one to NYC, and one to the upstate NYC watershed. For a full program description and participant requirements, read the Green Connections Application document linked above.
For more information on planning a Bus Tour to see watershed forests at work, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.