The Explore Downtown Tulsa program is on hold for the 2017-2018 school year and will not be accepting any applications. We apologize for the inconvenience.

What is it?

The Explore Downtown Tulsa program funds bus transportation for downtown Tulsa field trips

Despite a thriving cultural neighborhood in downtown Tulsa, many low-income students spend little time in the core of the city. Students need to believe that Tulsa is a city they can live in, contribute to, and a place that welcomes them. In order to build strong bonds between our promising students and the city of Tulsa, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, in conjunction with many other generous donors, are excited to foster a grant opportunity for Title I schools in the Tulsa area.

Explore Downtown Tulsa exposes students to the cultural and historical treasures of our downtown area, allowing them to dream big in their academic and personal pursuits. Teachers from Title I schools within a 30 mile radius of of downtown Tulsa can can submit ideas for field trips and receive funding for bus transportation.  The program is designed to encourage visits to multiple locations during a single field trip.

Make a donation to Explore Downtown Tulsa

The Explore Downtown Tulsa program is not possible without the generous support of the Tulsa community.  A donation of $200 supports the transportation cost for one classroom.  One field trip could spark a lifelong love for learning, a new career goal, a passion for the arts, or a new interest in improving Tulsa.

Thank you to the following organizations for their support of Explore Downtown Tulsa.

  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Hille Foundation
  • Foundation for Tulsa Schools
  • Philbrook Downtown
  • Zarrow Center for Arts and Education
  • Griffin Communications
  • Woody Guthrie Center
  • Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
  • Tulsa Drillers
  • John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Center
  • Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa


View Instructions


  1. Develop an idea for a field trip in downtown Tulsa, and schedule your visits with the destinations listed above
  2. Submit your field trip proposal by clicking the “Apply Now” link
  3. Applications are reviewed and confirmations sent via email. For Tulsa Public Schools trips, Explore Downtown Tulsa staff will email you the trip ID once submitted to TPS transportation.
  4. Enjoy your field trip in downtown Tulsa!
  5. Complete post trip survey, which includes thank you notes and pictures from your field trip, to the George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Applications must be received at least one month before proposed field trip date
  • Field trips must take place on a week-day between the hours of 9am and 1:30 pm
  • There is a 30 mile maximum travel distance from your school to downtown Tulsa
  • You must include at least one priority destination on your itinerary
View Example Field Trip 1

Grade: 2nd Grade
Proposal: We will depart from the School at 9:00am arriving to the Woody Guthrie Center around 9:25 AM. At the Woody Guthrie Center students will go on a guided tour, after which they will make cereal box guitars to take home. At 11:15am the students will go across the street to have lunch at the Guthrie Green and complete a math activity At 12:30pm students will clean up lunch materials and head to Tulsa Glassblowing to see a demonstration of artwork and be able to ask questions.  We will head back to school at 1:40 PM.


View Example Field Trip 2

Grade: 9th Grade
Proposal: Students will leave ECHS at 9:15am to arrive to City Hall by 9:35am for a guided tour, where students will be able to meet with city councilors and officials- if we are lucky the Mayor. At 11:30am students will leave City Hall and go to the Greenwood Cultural Center for lunch and a tour to learn about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. After a short question and answer session students will walk through John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park where they will complete a written reflection. We will return to school at 1:40 PM.


Priority Destinations

Each Explore Downtown Tulsa field trip must visit at least one priority destination. Priority destinations make Explore Downtown Tulsa possible through their financial contributions as well as their dedicated programming opportunities. Field Trips can visit as many priority destinations as they like, as long as they include at least one in their itinerary.

Lunch Spots

Teachers must get permission to eat lunch at a given location. After submitting their initial application and receiving approval from Explore Downtown Tulsa, it is the teacher’s responsibility to confirm that their class can eat lunch at the designated lunch spot. Only the locations that are listed under “Lunch Spot” are willing to accommodate lunches. Please do not surprise any organizations with a lunch time picnic, make sure you have permission!

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