Bus fund

Bus funds available for field trips!

Great Lakes Aquarium is pleased to offer transportation grants for schools. Awards of up to $200 will be given to schools that meet the eligibility requirements. There are limited funds in this program. In order to provide opportunities for as many schools as possible, a maximum of two applications from each school will be considered. The program will close when all funds are awarded.

We are thrilled to have received additional funds(on April 29th) for the 2015 Bus Fund!  We hope to support more schools in aquatic education – please see the application below!



1. Accredited schools (private, public, charter or parochial) in the following counties:

Minnesota: Koochiking, Itasca, Aitkin, Carlton, Pine, St. Louis, Lake, Crow Wing and Cook

Wisconsin: Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer and Price

Michigan: Gogebic and Ontonagon

2. Applicants may apply for one grant per calendar year. Reminder: A maximum of two applications per school will be considered each calendar year.

3. The funding must be used to support a field trip to Great Lakes Aquarium between September 1, 2014 and June 31, 2015.

4. Teachers must demonstrate a clear connection between their classroom curriculum, teaching and learning goals and the aquarium visit.

Application process:

1. Contact our education department by email ssmingler@glaquarium.org or phone 218-740-2027 with questions.

2. Applications must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the planned field trip.

3. Once the application has been received and the grant has been awarded, recipients will receive an award letter from GLA. After the trip, grantees must return a copy of the invoice from the bus company or school district, address/person that should receive the check and complete the on-line program evaluation form to receive reimbursement.