Request for Proposal

Outdoor Education Programs in New York’s Champlain Valley

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is an accredited land trust and trails organization whose mission is to create hiking/skiing trails that link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality, and to protect natural communities, farmland, clean water, and scenic vistas.

One of the ways CATS implements its mission is through Outdoor Education, because when people know more about their local environment they will spend time in nature and support conserving it.  Over the past several years CATS has hosted a series of programs, hikes, and events educating people about wildlife, natural communities, history, wilderness first aid, survival skills, and trail and land management.  This Request for Proposals is intended to expand the number and varieties of outdoor educational programs in New York’s Champlain Valley.

Champlain Area Trails is requesting naturalists, scientists, educators, and knowledgeable people to submit outdoor education proposals to present a program or a series of programs relevant to the Champlain Valley.  We would especially welcome programs to increase understanding of the Valley’s natural communities, which are defined as interacting assemblages of plants and animals, their physical environment (rocks, soils, water, and air), and the ecological processes (like fire and weather) which affect them.

Each program should be two to five hours in duration.  A series may consist of two or more programs and may be a continuation of a previous program or be on a different but related topic.

Programs may cover topics such as:

  • Natural communities of the Champlain Valley (for example, beech-maple forest, clayplain forest, lakeside floodplain forest, cattail marsh, sedge meadow, and red cedar rocky summit.
  • Local wildlife (i.e., birds, animals, plant life)
  • Environmental issues
  • Land management (forestry, old-growth forests, agricultural practices)
  • Local history
  • Safety and/or survival skills
  • First aid/CPR
  • Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, climbing, or other outdoor sports
  • Painting, drawing, writing, music, etc., as it relates to the Champlain Valley
  • Building natural structures
  • Promoting healthy lifestyle

Programs may be for adults, children, families, seniors, or a mix of all ages and abilities. 

Programs shall take place in New York’s Champlain Valley any time between April 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

Proposals must be received by March 1, 2017.  CATS will announce selected programs by March 18, 2017.

Payment amount will vary for each program or series of programs depending on experience and background of the presenter, the number of programs proposed, and the time and materials required.  Payment will be made in accordance with arrangements made with individual presenters, based on materials and number of programs.

CATS will coordinate and publicize registration of the programs.

Please call 518-962-2287 or email with questions or to discuss program ideas.

Submit proposals to:  Champlain Area Trails, PO Box 193, Westport, NY  12993 or by email to

Proposals shall include the following information:

Program name:

Instructor’s name:

Length of program(s) (specify time for each program or number of programs if proposing a series):

Preferred date/time frame for program(s):

Presenter’s background and qualifications:

Brief overview of the program (one page or less – include relevance to Champlain Valley):

Any special requests or considerations (i.e., children only, no children, etc.):

Special needs for the presentation (a specific CATS trail, indoor meeting space, PowerPoint Projector, screen, etc.):

Funds requested (include budget):

Submit proposals to: by 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2017.

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