The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Rural Services today is awarding $808,146 to schools and educators across the state to support conservation education programs in the 2022-23 school year.
Funds for the grants come from wildlife fines collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Grants will fund projects including a greenhouse for the Huntsville School District, an outdoor classroom at Mufreesoro Elementary School and an outdoor weather station at Hackler Intermediate School.
“Many programs the AGFC promotes, such as Archery in the Schools, Project WILD, and Fishing in the Natural State, can be funded through these grants,” Tabbi Kinion, AGFC Chief of Education, said in a news release. “But they can also be used to purchase equipment unique to conservation education and even help offset the costs of field trips to AGFC nature centers, hatcheries and other outdoors learning opportunities.”