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Arkansas State Parks Field Trip Grant Program

Considering a field trip to an Arkansas State Park? Arkansas’s 52 state parks are natural treasures full of cultural heritage set on gorgeous mountains, lakes, streams, and forests. Guided park programs and activities, aligned to state curriculum standards, will help your students get in touch with nature and Arkansas history. They’ll also create lifelong memories.

Unfortunately, some schools have lacked the travel funds needed to provide this special experience for their students and teachers. Now those schools can receive up to $1,000 specifically for that purpose thanks to the Arkansas State Parks Field Trip Grant Program.

The grants will focus on a classroom visiting the park during the school year. Priority will be given to field trips that align with the school curriculum and are between September and April.

To schedule a field trip to an Arkansas State Park, please contact the State Park you wish to visit. If you need assistance selecting a park to visit, call (888) 287-2757 for a referral or use our Park Finder to search by location or activity.

Grant Guidelines

  • ASP Field Trip Grant is available to public, private, charter, and home school groups in Arkansas, grades K-12.
  • Field trips are available through the Arkansas State Parks and must be scheduled prior to submitting the application.
  • All field trips must take place at an Arkansas State Park.
  • Maximum award $1,000: If further funding is needed beyond the maximum amount of $1,000, please provide a justification and total amount to accompany your application.
  • Funds may be used for the following:
    1. Mileage Reimbursement: Up to $0.42 per mile.
    2. Cost associated with bus driver(s) and use of bus
    3. Substitute teacher(s)
  • Grant applications are due the first of each month (except December).



Submit one copy of this application, either by mail or email to:

Jama Best
Arkansas Humanities Council
407 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 201
Little Rock, AR 72201

Money for the grants comes from the sale of State Parks of Arkansas specialty license plates. The specialty plates are $35.00 with $25.00 of that amount going to an educational fund. In addition to the field trip grant program, the educational fund will also be used to provide scholarships and internships for college students who are studying park related fields. The fund was created under the authority of Act 292 of the 2011 regular legislative session.

For more information please contact:

Jama Best
Arkansas Humanities Council
Senior Program Officer
407 President Clinton Ave, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 320-5761


Kevin Carr
Arkansas State Parks
Administration Section Manager
One Capitol Mall, Room 4B-200
Little Rock, AR 72201
(888) 287-2757


Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.