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Last Updated: 11/28/16

Now accepting applications. Next deadline is FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017 BY 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.

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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.

option_1ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

Explore the NYC Watershed at 1 of 4 Environmental Education Centers. Choose from among the centers’ watershed forestry-themed courses. Explore on-site Model Forests at Clearpool Education Center and Frost Valley YMCA. Model Forests are living classrooms that demonstrate sustainable forestry practices for water quality protection. Tours include a guided visit to either the Cross River Reservoir (East of Hudson tours) or the Neversink Reservoir (West of Hudson tours).
Use the Standard Application.

EAST OF HUDSON
Clearpool Education Center & Model Forest
BUS TOUR GUIDE

Taconic Outdoor Education Center
BUS TOUR GUIDE

Teatown Lake Reservation
BUS TOUR GUIDE

WEST OF HUDSON
Frost Valley YMCA & Model Forest
BUS TOUR GUIDE

 

option_2TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM TROUT RELEASE

Trout in the Classroom participants visit Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Westchester County in April/May to release their trout into the Cross River. This river flows directly into the nearby Cross River Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to NYC. Trout Unlimited and WAC educators lead forestry, water quality and watershed activities that highlight the connection between healthy forests, trout habitat and clean drinking water. All tours include a guided visit to the Cross River Reservoir. Maximum number of participants, including chaperones, is 112, or the capacity of 2 coach buses.
Use the Standard Application.

Trout in the Classroom
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option_3TREES FOR TRIBS TREE PLANTING

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 1-day tours that take place during late April/early May at Hilltop Hanover Farm in the Croton Watershed. In addition to planting trees, WAC educators lead forestry, water quality and watershed activities. Tours include a guided visit to the Cross River Reservoir. Student groups must be 6th grade or higher. Maximum number of participants, including chaperones, is 50, or the capacity of one coach bus.
Use the Standard Application.

Trees for Tribs
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option_4ADULT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Witness the source of your drinking water and explore how well-managed forests and farms protect water quality and support local economies in the NYC watershed. Tours include a guided visit to a NYC-DEP drinking water reservoir and we strongly recommend visiting a WAC Model Forest (read more here). 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 destinations throughout the watershed.
Use the Standard Application

 

 

option_5GREEN 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. [MORE INFO TO COME]

 

For more information on planning a Bus Tour to see watershed forests at work, contact us at education@nycwatershed.org.

No time to visit? Check out our Virtual Farm and Forest Tours.