Learning in our Watershed Grant

Field Trip Grant Program

Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area - Learning in Our Watershed - Field Trip Grant Program

Grants are now available to help pay for field trips!

The Poudre Heritage Alliance is the managing entity of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area.  They encourage field trips which foster the study of water law history and water development and develop an understanding of place, the natural and human resources that we use and conserve. We do not fund recreational and athletic field trips, even if they occur at one of the listed locations. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? All K-12 schools that are located in Weld or Larimer Counties qualify to submit an application to the PHA: Learning in Our Watershed Field Trip Grant Program.

DESTINATIONS: The educational value of pre-approved field trip destinations (see below) has been documented by other teachers along with the professional education staff at the destinations.  Other destinations will be considered.  We encourage you to think creatively about destinations and apply for one that makes sense for you and your students.
The following field trip destinations within the National Heritage Area and events are pre-approved for the field trip grant program:

  • Centennial Village
  • Children’s Water Festival in Greeley
  • Children’s Water Festival in Fort Collins
  • Environmental Learning Center
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
  • GETWET Observatory & Science Park
  • Greeley # 3 Ditch Headgate & Parshall Flume Site
  • Greeley Museum
  • Kaplan-Hoover Bison Bone Bed
  • Old Nunn Municipal Hall
  • White-Plumb Farm
  • Poudre Learning Center
  • Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell
  • CSU Water Resources Archive
  • Windsor Museum
  • Windsor Lake
  • 1882-83 Historic Fort Collins Water Works

Other destinations may be approved on a case-by-case basis. The list above is not intended to discourage you from considering other destinations, from visiting natural areas or events for learning activities that you plan yourself.  Rather, it is intended to speed approval for destinations whose educational value has already been demonstrated by other teachers and/or by the professional education staff at the destination.  The key criterion is the educational value of the field trip, not the particular destination.


  • Grants will pay for reasonable student and sponsors admission cost.
  • Bus transportation via district or school buses, or via private bus companies;
  • Grant cannot pay for private automobile costs, learning materials, and food.
  • Reasonable substitute teacher and/or field excursion assistant costs may be considered for funding.
  • One field trip allowed per year, per school, per grade level

* Grants typically funded up to $250.

Apply now online via the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area website at www.poudreheritage.org/scholarships

Applications are open throughout the year until the grant funds are exhausted. Please fill out the online application form to start the process.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  If your field trip is to a pre-approved destination (see list above), you will select that destination on the application. If your field trip destination is not on the pre-approved list, you will be asked to provide additional information about the educational value of the field trip. We are not responsible for any circumstance beyond our immediate control, and difficulties on the part of yourself, your school, or your Internet service provider will not be considered.  If you submit an application and do not hear back within 48 hours, please contact the Poudre Heritage Alliance using the contact information below.


Grant recipients are selected on criteria established by PHA with the assistance of the funding partners. The criteria will include:

  • learning about the history of water law and water development goals of PHA and its funding partners
  • a focus on K-12 students and their classrooms
  • date of application
  • a pre-approved destination, or documentation of the educational value of the proposed destination
  • funds available in each grant cycle


The grant will be awarded based on your best estimate of expenses. Funding will occcur after the field trip as a reimbursement.  Instructions regarding field trip close-out will be sent to you if/when your application is approved.  


Please contact Jordan Williams at the Poudre Heritage Alliance Administrative Offices at 970-295-4851 or admin@poudreheritage.org