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Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Game and Fish Commission will award more than $808,000 for wildlife conservation education programs; Arkansas County allocated $56,938

Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

LITTLE ROCK — The Rural Services Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) announced Monday that it will award $808,146.04 to schools and educators in Arkansas to support education programs in conservation during the 2022-23 school year. Funds for these grants come from wildlife fines collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC).

The AEDC provides conservation education grants to schools in the same counties where the fines are collected. Any school or conservation district in Arkansas can apply until October 27, 2022.

“Each year, we look forward to partnering with the AGFC and together supporting our state’s students in improving access to conservation education,” said Secretary Mike Preston. “Our communities, our students, and our economy benefit when children have many opportunities to experience all that the natural state has to offer.”

AGFC Education Chief Tabbi Kinion says the grants can significantly improve learning opportunities for young people, especially in rural Arkansas.

“Many of the programs promoted by the AGFC, such as archery in schools, the WILD project and wild fishing, can be funded through these grants,” Kinion said. “But they can also be used to purchase materials unique to conservation education and even help offset the costs of field trips to AGFC nature centers, hatcheries, and other learning opportunities. outdoors.”

Kinion says all AGFC Nature Centers are free to the public, and through these education grants, educators can even use funds to help offset some travel expenses to get kids to their destination. learning.

More information about the program, a link to the application site, and a list of grants by county can be found at https://www.arkansasedc.com/Rural-Services/division/grants/wildlife-education-grant.