AEDC awards 22 grants to NCA supporting wildlife education

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Rural Services Division has provided grants totaling $ 502,838.41 to promote wildlife education and improve school conservation programs for 183 schools, school districts and conservation districts in 65 Arcana counties. The list includes 22 grants in North Central Arkansas.

Baxter County
Hackler Intermediate School
$ 665.85 for the purchase of owl pellets.
$ 421.85 for the purchase of bird food items: lard, lodge, seeds and feeders.
$ 282.52 for the purchase of materials for the butterfly garden.
$ 353.71 for the construction of an outdoor weather station.
$ 584.10 for the purchase of owl pellets.
$ 396.11 for the purchase of butterflies (larvae and food).
$ 500.79 for the purchase of materials for the butterfly garden.

Mountain Home Junior High
$ 10,120.80 for the purchase of AYSSP materials.

Pinkston High School
4363.57 US dollars for the purchase of items for various excursions (payment for fuel and tickets). They are also asking for funding for tents,
oars, life jackets, kayak (1), fire, compass, paracord and water purifier. Baxter County Conservation District
$ 5,887.58 for the purchase of AYSSP materials.

Boone County
Harrison High School
$ 393.20 for the purchase of AYSSP materials.

Alpine School District
$ 1,380 for the purchase of ANASP materials (bows).

Fulton County
Salem High School
$ 3,498.89 to fund the purchase of AYSSP materials.

Izard County
Melbourne School District
$ 2,727.20 for the purchase of AYSSP materials.
$ 2,500 to purchase a starting archery kit.

Melbourne Elementary School
$ 1,000 for the purchase of outdoor learning materials, including animal stencils, plates, crayons, and instructions

United School District Izard
$ 1,681.40 to build an outdoor classroom with picnic tables, flower beds and pollinator gardens.

Marion County
Krievd-Creek Protected Area
$ 2,000 in funding to purchase AYSSP materials.

Newton County
Jasper High School
$ 4,895.10 for the purchase of AYSSP materials, which include a solar kit (for the machine), lumber and plywood (box-trap box), and
other items such as ammunition and vests.

Sears County
Marshall Elementary School
$ 3,432.61 to purchase materials for an outdoor classroom: picnic table, umbrella and stand, garden pollinator bed, rain
barrels and potted mix.
$ 482.53 for the purchase of outdoor garden materials.

Stone County
Stone County Preserve
$ 6,516.12 for the purchase of items for youth workshops on wildlife conservation in the open air, which include: raccoon traps, dogs
Trap set tool, bait, trap, machete and ax, hunting masks and gloves.

These grants are funded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission through fines levied for hunting and fishing violations. Only money raised in the county where the violation occurred can be used as a grant for that county.

“Contrary to what some Arkansans may think, AGFC never sees a penny from quotes written by our officers,” says AGFC Director Austin Booth. “Instead, this money is being invested in the children of this county to help instill that love of nature that makes Arkansas unique.”

All state schools are eligible to participate in the program. Funding has helped schools create and maintain archery, fishing and archery programs. Schools also used the money to help improve wildlife education by purchasing educational materials, materials for creating indoor and outdoor habitats, laboratory materials and field trips to AGFC’s natural and educational centers. Conservation areas have used the funding to help raise awareness of wildlife conservation in communities by holding environmental education days and fishing derbies for children of all ages.

“Arkansan is fortunate to live in a state rich in wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation,” said Trade Minister Mike Preston. “We can learn a lot just by going outside and experiencing the wonders of nature around us. These grants not only contribute to broadening horizons and economic development, but they also provide opportunities for volunteering and community participation, making us a more attractive state for business and pleasure. ”

According to AGFC Education Director Tabi Quinion, outdoor education plays an important role in understanding the need for conservation and participation in the open air.

“AGFC is pleased to work with rural services on this program,” says Kinion. “Thousands of Arkansas students will be outdoors or have hands-on experience in natural centers, learning and improving skills. These grants provide an opportunity to learn about habitat and wildlife conservation as part of the Arkansas school experience. ”

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