Visit Hyde Park! The Bus Could Be on Us.

Photo by Bill Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, NPS.

As of 11/9/2016, we cannot accept Bus on Us applications. Please consider applying for an Explore Award.

Or, if you are hoping to visit the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, contact education specialist,, about Roosevelt Road Trip Bus Grants made possible by the Dyson Foundation.


Bus on Us grants help with transportation costs for visits to one or more of the following Hyde Park sites:

Remember–there is no admission fee for school or youth groups visiting national parks and historic sites.

Hyde Park has a lot to offer all grades and subject areas, but we know that all the history, culture, and nature in the world don’t do students or teachers much good if they can’t get here. That’s why the National Park Service and the FDR Presidential Library created this program. View or download a list of programs.

Who Can Apply

K-12 and community college educators in public and not-for-profit private schools and not-for-profit after-school, summer, or youth programs may apply. Teachers in the same school or district may apply together. We aim to distribute funds equitably throughout the region considering per student and total costs and keeping in mind that needs and resources vary.

No matches are required, but we encourage applicants to use Bus on Us to extend or leverage other opportunities with other funders such as:

BOCESDonorsChoose, Target, and community foundations such as the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley serving Dutchess, Putnam, and Ulster counties; Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan;The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region serving Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties; and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation serving Columbia and eastern Dutchess.

Please note: teachers who receive a grant may apply again the following school year, but will be expected to raise at least part of the cost from another source. Applicants will not be eligible a third year.

How to Apply

E-mail a completed form no other material is needed. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted and will be acknowledged via e-mail by Teaching the Hudson Valley on behalf of the Park Service and the Library. Applicants will typically receive an answer in two to three weeks; the response will include instructions for scheduling your visit.


The school or bus company will be paid or reimbursed AFTER the trip and upon submission of an invoice. (Please use the least expensive transporation option.) Payment is by credit card or direct deposit only; no checks can be issued. Please note details on the application form.

More Questions?

Call 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, or e-mail