Kristin Wilson, a 5th-grade teacher at Meekins Middle School,  was presented a $2,748.86 grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s (AGFC) Schoolyard Habitat Program on April 26, 2018.

AGFC’s Project WILD educates students about wildlife, habitats, and the environment. To move students from awareness to action, AGFC's Schoolyard Habitat program provides teachers in Arkansas' public and private schools an opportunity to apply for grant funding to build wildlife habitat on school grounds.

Through Project WILD, the AGFC awards the grants based on wildlife habitat, student participation, and the use of native species. The program is funded by the state’s Conservation License Plate sales.  Kim Mullen, Regional Educator who presented the check said, “You can thank patrons who have purchased the conservation license plate for funding this program that teaches school children about nature through hands-on experiences.”

Wilson will use the grant funds to build birdhouses and update the outdoor garden area.

 “By participating in these projects, students learn that their efforts can make a difference in the world, and they gain experience in problem-based learning by planning, developing and maintaining the habitat. It is our goal to have School Yard Habitat projects developed in every county of the state, and eventually at every school,” said Mullen.  

Applications for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission School Yard Habitat grant will begin soon for the December 1 deadline.  For additional information, you can contact Kim Mullen atkim.mullen@agfc.ar.gov.