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11 September 2016   Arizona Game and Fish Department

AZGFD Offering Outdoor Education Programs for Arizona Students

Register for a Chance to Get Your Students Fishing

Did you know that we have a sport fishing program designed specifically for your classroom? It begins with a one-hour classroom presentation by one of our exceptional staff or volunteers. This is followed up with a field trip to a nearby urban lake or other water body to give the students a chance to try fishing. Spaces are extremely limited and schools are selected by a drawing. But you need to register by September 2 to be included in the drawing!

For more information and to apply, visit our school group sport fishing webpage.

Grant Opportunities Help Your Students "Get Outside"

There are two current grant opportunities that help could help cover the cost of outdoor-related field trips for your students.

The first is the Heritage Grants offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. We are currently seeking applications to fund a variety of projects through these grants. However, there are some specific projects just for educators. These include schoolyard habitats, environmental education programs and outdoor field trips. For more information, visit the Heritage Grants website.

There are three potential funding opportunities that will be of most interest to educators. The first is the Schoolyard Habitat grants where we offer up to $10,000 for the development or enhancement of wildlife habitats located on school grounds. Next, we have our Environmental Education grants which provide money to off-set costs associated with Department-sponsored professional development opportunities or to help cover the costs of the development of educational materials related to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Finally, we are once again offering our Outdoor Education grants which help to cover the costs associated with outdoor or wildlife related field trips.

DON'T DELAY! Applications are due by October 31, 2016.

A separate charitable organization is willing to fund field trips to our National Parks. Offered in conjunction with the "Every Kid in a Park" program, fourth grade teachers are encouraged to submit their field trip ideas.

Educator Webinar: Exploring AZGFD Resource Trunks

For 30 years, teachers have been bringing the Arizona Game and Fish Department's resource trunks (aka, bone boxes) into their classrooms to engage students in hands-on science instruction. Recently, these trunks were updated, making them easier for teachers to access and improving student learning. Join us for a free webinar as we showcase these exceptional resources. Content of this webinar is geared toward teachers of all grade levels in Arizona. Participation is free.

The webinar is taking place THIS THURSDAY, September 15 at 7pm. It will last approximately one hour.

To register, visit http://tiny.cc/boneboxwebinar

Did you know?

The Arizona Game and Fish Department receives NO Arizona general fund tax dollars? We hold the state’s wildlife in trust for the public without a dime from Arizona taxpayers: https://azgfdportal.az.gov/Agency/Funds