OREGON COUNTY -- Schools in Oregon County have the opportunity to help students with learning without busting school budgets.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)?has established a Field Grant Program to help get students into places where subjects like biology come to life.
MDC official Nichole Baumboer said the agency is accepting applications for more than $100,000 in grants for transportation to off-site learning opportunities. "Educators in all Missouri schools including public, private, parochial and home schools may apply for grants under the program," she said.
MDC will reimburse travel expenses of up to $700 per application with a $1,400 annual limit per school.
"To be eligible, field trips must take place after award notification and before May 21, 2008," she said.
Trips cannot exceed 100 miles one way and they must take students to fish, wildlife or habitat-related sites only in Missouri.
She said field trips also have to address specific goals connected to classroom instruction. The per-student cost of transportation cannot exceed $7 per student, and at least 20 students must participate.
Baumboer said field trip sites eligible for grants include, but are not limited to:
* MDC nature centers and interpretive centers.
* MDC shooting ranges or outdoor education centers.
* MDC areas or natural areas.
* Fish hatcheries.
* State parks.
* National wildlife refuges or national forests.
* City or county parks.
* Sites that contribute to the understanding of fish, wildlife and habitat.