Funding Ideas

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Thinking about how to raise funds for a NatureBridge trip can be daunting but we are here to help! Below are some fundraising ideas and resources that many of our schools, teachers, and students have used.  

*Special opportunity for Washington schools in 2021 and beyond*

Outdoor Schools WA 

Outdoor Schools Washington was founded earlier this year and exists to help every child in our state have an outdoor school experience. Currently, they can reimburse $75 per student per day for programming as well as room and board. In addition, they can reimburse $50 per student for transportation costs. Eligibility is very flexible in 2021/2022 and all Washington schools are encouraged to apply, regardless of students' ages or a schools public/private designation.  We encourage you to reach out to Outdoor Schools directly, as they're keen to fund reimbursements for as many schools as possible this year and they're eager to hear from you! Review the evolving website (link above) and email: with any follow-up questions. 


  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Congress allocated $1.1 billion for Title IV, Part A of Every Student Succeeds Act. 
  • Target Field Trips - Funds up to $700 for field trips to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science and social studies. 
  • Philanthropic Ventures - Funds up to $1,000 for field trips, to cover the costs of "transportation, admission fees and food" for K-5 schools from Alameda and San Mateo Counties
  • Save the Redwoods League - Awards range between $1,500 - $5,000 for educational programs in a redwood forest. Can be used for 1-day or 3-5 day trips. 


Restaurant Nights 

Product Sales

In-School Event Fundraisers

  • Movie night - Organize a movie night for the school to watch. You can charge a small admission fee and sell "theater" snacks as well. Usually hosted on a Friday or Saturday night, movies can be watched indoors or outdoors depending on the weather.  
  • Bake sales
  • A-thons - Hike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, jog-a-thons, etc. 
  • Car washes