Transportation Grants

Application Deadline for
Fall Semester Grants:  July 15, 2014
Spring (2015) Semester Grants December 15, 2014
Applications (3 copies) should be received in hard copy at the address
below by the deadlines above.  Faxed or emailed applications may not be

Student Transportation Grants Application Requirements

The National Park Service encourages programs that bring children into the
outdoors and National Parks have been used as outdoor classrooms for
years.   Education is a primary goal of the Friends of Mammoth Cave
National Park.  In support of educational endeavors whereby students and
teachers can make use of Park resources in a variety of curricula, the
Friends are sponsoring the Student Transportation Grant program. 

Grants of up to $500 will be awarded on a need basis.  The Friends of
Mammoth Cave National Park will reimburse the school for actual costs up
to the maximum amount of the grant awarded.  Evidence of insurance
coverage will be required before a grant is awarded, but does not need to
be submitted with the application.  After the trip is completed, the group
or school should send an itemized bill to the Friends of Mammoth Cave
National Park.  Upon receipt of the itemized bill, a check will be issued.

Selection of groups to participate will be the sole responsibility of the
Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park.  The National Park Service will not
participate in the selection process.  Once the Friends notify Mammoth
Cave National Park of a group’s selection, the park staff will contact the
group to schedule their visit.  Ordinarily, there is a discounted rate for
school/youth groups of $5.00 per student; however, for this program,
Mammoth Cave National Park will waive this fee for the selected groups.

Because funds are limited, the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park will
award two Student Transportation Grants per semester to those groups
that demonstrate the greatest need.  Financial need as well as the group’s
socio-economic makeup will factor into the selection process.   Only bona
fide Kentucky school groups are eligible to apply.  All groups must have
one adult chaperon for every ten children.

Applications should be double spaced and no more than five pages.  They
should include a narrative that explains the financial need, the group’s
educational objectives, and other relevant factors the applicant wants the
Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park to review while evaluating the
application.  The review committee should normally make decisions on
selections within two weeks after the application deadline.
Ticket to Ride
Suggested Outline:
1. Cover page with contact
2. Timing of trip (i.e., when does the
group want to visit Mammoth Cave?)
3. Purpose and need for the funding -
explain situation that makes visit to
Mammoth Cave NP unlikely without
the grant.
4. Brief description of school or
program (attach brochure if available)
5. Description of participants
    a. Number of students
    b. Number of teachers or adult
chaperones (need one adult for every
ten students)
    c. Demographics regarding minority
and socio-economically disadvantaged
status of students
6. Describe how school or organization
will evaluate effectiveness of the
7. Itemized budget including mileage
cost for bus and driver salary or other
expenses (for a school it is expected
the mileage and driver costs would
not exceed $500)
Required Attachments:
1. A letter of support and authorization from the principal or organization administrator,
2. A group photo release, which may or may not be used by the Friends in future publications and/or or on the website.  Selected groups need to submit this release prior to arrival for their field trip.
3. Feedback from teachers and students that may be published in written or electronic formats.

Mail applications to: 
Friends of Mammoth Cave, P. O. Box 2, Mammoth Cave, KY  42259. 

Questions should be address to Executive Director Gayle Giesecke at or  at 270-597-7604.
2 student comments on visit to MCNP for Ticket To Ride section.  Students from Morgan Elementary, Paducah, KY

Darren W

In October 2013, the third grade class at Morgan Elementary went to Mammoth Cave.  We had a great time at the cave.  It was a long day, but worth every minute of it.

Once upon a time, I was sleeping in my bed.  It was 5:00 a.m.  I got up out of my bed and got ready to go to Mammoth Cave with my friends from school.  My Move me to school and we rode the bus to Mammoth Cave.  It was a long trip, but then we finally got there.  We walked in the lobby and met our tour guides.  I had no idea what was about to happen.

After we met our tour guides, we went on a nature walk.  We saw a lot of things like gumball trees, nuts and other things in nature.  When we were done with our walk, we went and ate our lunch.

After we were done eating lunch, we came back to the real cave part and took our tour.  When we were in the cave, we saw writings on the walls.  Then we walked a little bit more.  Then walked up some stairs and walked out of the cave and rode the bus back home.

We had a fun trip to Mammoth Cave.  IT was a very long day, but I had a great time and learned a lot about caves.  If you have a chance to go to Mammoth Cave, you should!

Nadia M

Have you ever been in a cave?  If you haven’t, I am going to tell you about Mammoth Cave because I have been there.  It was cool.

In the beginning when I first walked into the cave I was a little scared but after I got in farther then it wasn’t so scary.  I loved it.  I also liked when everyone else got scared but I wasn’t.

After we walked a little more and stopped we learned stuff like some flood made the cave and then the guide turned out the lights and it was a little scary until she turned the light back on. My friends were on me and it was hard to get them off.  We kept walking and came to “fat man’s misery!”  I was scared I would never make it out but I did.  Then we got to “tall man’s misery” we all had to duck down because we were all too tall to walk through.  I said after we got out of the cave I will never forget this trip!

Then we sat down and we talked about how high the water level was because of a flood.  I was glad we had a break from walking.

Finally, it was the worst part of the cave…lots and lots and lots and lots of stairs.  I was wishing there was an elevator.  There like 10 flights of stairs and the guide said “We are almost out.”  I wanted to get off the stirs but I was sad because I wasn’t ready to leave the cave.  When I finally saw the circle room I knew we were back where we started.

I had a blast at Mammoth Cave.  I will never forget it!  I hope you can go to Mammoth Cave sometime.