Ticket to Ride Program for 2017 CLOSED

Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride 

Program Guidelines

Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride offers transportation and educational program funding for schools across New York State. By covering bus and tour fees, the program makes it possible for schools to take advantage of first-rate educational field trips to designated museums and historic sites throughout the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

The program is designed to:

  1. Reinforce classroom learning about the Erie Canal with hands-on experiences at authentic canal
  2. Provide greater access to New York’s rich historic and cultural sites for rural and urban students from varying environments and demographic
  3. Improve critical thinking skills and recall of information by offering contextualexperiences for classroom content.
  4. Inspire students to consider what their generation might accomplish with the kind of vision, hard work, and spirit of innovation that were hallmarks of canal building in New York
  5. In addition to reflecting the NYS Education Department’s Social Studies Standards, each tour site presents a unique local story that enhances the statewide story of the Erie For example, your students may:
  6. Gain first-hand knowledge about how boats and cargo were weighed (Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse);
  7. See the remains of one of the largest aqueducts from the 1800s (Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter);
  8. Experience how boats were built and repaired (Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango);
  9. Climb alongside the famous Flight of Five Locks (Erie Canal Discovery Center, Lockport).

Evaluation Requirement: National Park Foundation (NPF) is a generous financial supporter of the 2014/15 Ticket to Ride Program and is working with Applied Research Northwest (ARN) to survey a small number of classes about their Ticket to Ride experience. By participating in this year’s Ticket to Ride program, you agree to participate in the survey, if selected. Detailed information about the evaluation is included at the end of this program guide.

Generous support for Ticket to Ride is provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, First Niagara Bank Foundation, and the National Park Foundation

Program Details 


  • Any school located within New York State is eligible to participate once per school year, subject to available funding. The program is open to any grade level that includes the Erie Canal as part of the teaching
  • Funding for bus and tour fees is capped at $4,000 per school district, per school Once this threshold is reached, schools within the district will need to wait until the next school year to participate.


  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted.


  • Schools must pre-register with Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (ECNHC) at least two weeks prior to your anticipated tour dates. A registration form is attached.


  • The school makes tour arrangements directly with the tour provider. ECNHC does not facilitate any tour booking.
  • Schools must confirm tour dates with provider prior to applying for Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride 


Ø   If your school is not able to take a field trip, or you wish to conduct pre-visit activities with your students, you may choose a distance learning option. Provided by the Albany Institute of History and Art (AIHA), this virtual Erie Canal curriculum guide introduces students to the history of the Erie Canal.

  • Optional: Bring the AIHA to your school district to introduce teachers to the use of the curriculum guide (limited opportunities available).

Ø   Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride covers the costs associated with the AIHA’s pre- visit activities and/or the teacher orientation workshop.


  • ECNHC will pay $5.00 per child directly to the museum once the tour is complete. The museum or historical society should NOT invoice, or otherwise seek to collect a fee from teachers or the school.
  • At the completion of a tour, the museum or historical society will submit an invoice to Erie Invoice must contain: name and address of tour site, name of participating school, tour date, number of students, and total amount of tour fee.

Ø   Turn around on invoices is approximately 30 days.

  • Please note: Teachers, chaperones, bus drivers, and other adults are not eligible for reimbursement of tour


Ø   ECNHC pays for bus mileage and driver.

  • Schedule your bus through your district’s established Charter buses are not eligible for this program.
  • The school must submit an invoice for bus services with its registration. Include school name and tour site, date of tour, total mileage traveled, driver rate, number of buses, and total


For program information, registration and to submit invoices:

Andy Kitzmann Assistant Director

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor PO Box 219, Waterford, NY

(518) 237-7000, ext. 201

(518) 237-7640 (FAX)