Rides to the Refuge Grant

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Does your school have a high population of students that qualify for free-and-reduced lunch? If so you may qualify for the Rides to the Refuge transportation grant program provided by Friends of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex.


Rides to the Refuge

Bus Transportation Grant Program
Provided by Friends of Nisqually NWRC


The Friends of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex (FNNWRC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which helps fund environmental education, interpretation, and outreach programs at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex. FNNWRC recognizes that transportation costs can be a major barrier to allowing students quality field trip opportunities. The Rides to the Refuge Program provides transportation funding for schools planning a field trip to Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge that meet program criteria.

To apply for your field trip transportation costs to be covered, complete and submit the Rides to the Refuge Grant Program Application

Both your Field Trip Reservation Form and your Rides to the Refuge Grant Program Application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your field trip date.

This grant program is designed to pay for transportation costs when those costs would prohibit a group from visiting the refuge. FNNWRC operates this program on the good-faith that schools able to cover their own transportation costs will do so to ensure that this resource is leveraged where most needed.

The Rides to the Refuge Grant Program operates on a first-come first-served basis. The number of approved groups each year will depend on the amount of funding available for this program and the size of each group approved. We cannot guarantee that all groups that meet the three criteria below will be approved.

To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • All requirements outlined in the Refuge’s Field Trip Reservation Packet
  • 60% or more of students at your school qualify for free-and-reduced lunch
  • Be a group with between 20-100 participating students

Questions?  Contact the Education Program Manager:   

Davy Clark

david_r_clark@fws.gov 

360-753-9467