Guided School Program Scholarship Application

All are welcome to visit and explore the outdoor classroom at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center. Guided Lessons encourage students to engage with their environment through hands-on activities designed around NYS Standards. Guided School Program Scholarships, available through Friends of Five Rivers, can be used to cover the costs of lessons or busing. Teachers are urged to read the following guidelines and submit their applications in a timely manner. We hope to see you at Five Rivers!

Scholarship Information

  • Teachers may apply for a Guided Lesson Scholarship, Bus Scholarship, or both once per year.
  • A maximum of $600 may be awarded to cover the following costs:
    • Guided Lesson - $75 per group of 15 students
    • Bus Transportation – The cost of busing with a two bus maximum
  • Special consideration will be given to teachers who are able to demonstrate a need for financial support.
  • Note: A maximum of 2 scholarships can be awarded per school per academic year.

Steps to Scheduling your Guided Lesson Field Trip

1. The Primary Contact Teacher should schedule the Guided Lesson by calling the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center at 475-0297. This should be done as soon as possible.
2. Once a date has been set, the Primary Contact Teacher should schedule transportation for the trip.
3. The Primary Contact Teacher should then complete the application form and fax/mail it to Five Rivers. (See Application Materials and Deadlines below.)
4. Written confirmation of scholarship awards will be given via Email. When appropriate, funds will be provided directly to the scheduled transportation facility given on the application form.
5. In the case of a cancellation, teachers are responsible to notify Five Rivers and the transportation service in accordance with pre-visit materials sent once a scholarship has been awarded. All scholarship funds must be returned to Friends of Five Rivers should a cancellation occur.

Application Materials and Deadlines

Fax: (518) 475-0293, School Program Scholarship
Guided School Program Scholarship
Attention: Joanne Macklin
Friends of Five Rivers
56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054


Contact Joanne Macklin at (518) 475-0295 or

Scholarship Application

By submitting this form, the Primary Contact Teacher acknowledges:

  1. I am not guaranteed a scholarship until Friends of Five Rivers sends a written confirmation. I am responsible to read and adhere to the pre-visit materials sent after a scholarship has been awarded.
  2. I am responsible for booking the Guided Lesson and the transportation for this field trip.
  3. I am responsible to cancel the Guided Lesson and the transportation in accordance with the pre-visit materials. I am further responsible to return all scholarship funds should a cancellation occur.
  4. I understand and meet the requirements of this scholarship on behalf of the school and classes applying.