|Aquatic Resources Education Program|
The purpose of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Aquatic Resources Education Program is to increase public awareness and understanding of our natural resources and our aquatic ecosystems, to enhance participation in sportfishing, and to develop responsible attitudes toward our aquatic environment. Outreach efforts like the Mobile Aquarium Program, the Fishing Derby Program, the Classroom Aquarium Program, the Tackle Loaner Program, and the Fishing Seminar/Clinic Program take and aggressive approach to introducing fishing and aquatic appreciation to Arkansans of all ages.
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|Arkansas Acres for Wildlife Program|
Arkansas Acres for Wildlife is an important segment of the AGFC-Cooperative Extension Service's wildlife enhancement program. It encourages landowners to preserve or create wildlife habitat by setting aside at least one acre of their holdings for the benefit of wildlife.
Landowners who want to help wildlife will find the Arkansas Acres for Wildlife program ready to work for them. Almost all land in Arkansas is eligible. Ineligible lands are those in cities, towns, parks and recreation areas, and public wildlife management areas where wildlife management is already the primary use of the land.
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|Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program|
The Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program – part of the National Archery in the Schools Program – targets students as young as fourth grade and as old as high school seniors. They learn archery skills, as well as an outdoor hobby they may enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Archery is fun and beneficial in many ways, but it’s also relatively inexpensive and simple. ANASP requires a Genesis bow with a universal draw length and a wide range of draw weights. It works for just about everyone, right- or left-handed. Young archers love this bow, which comes in a variety of colors.
|AGFC Page:||Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program|
|More Info:||National Archery in the Schools Program|
|Arkansas Stream Team Program|
The Arkansas Stream Team program is an opportunity for all concerned citizens to get involved in river, stream and watershed conservation efforts here in The Natural State. Through education, stewardship, and advocacy, the program encourages safe use of Arkansas’ streams, rivers, springs and bayous. Stream Teams in Arkansas help control litter, work on streambank stabilization projects, improve fish habitat, and monitor water quality.
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|Arkansas Water Trails Program|
Paddling sports are among the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States. Arkansas Water Trails develops public paddling trails throughout the state, creating well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience.
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|Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program|
The Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP) aims to bring the joy of the outdoors and the rewards of safely learning to shoot to young Arkansans.
The AYSSP has two divisions: junior and senior. The junior division is for grades 6-8 and the senior division is for grades 9-12. Home-schooled students compete in the division they would be in if they were in public school. Home-schooled students 15 or older must compete in the senior division. Trap shooting is the sanctioned sport of the AYSSP. The season begins February 1 and ends July 31.
|AGFC Page:||Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program|
|Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program|
"Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" is an outdoors skills workshop for women. The objective is to provide a non-threatening atmosphere where women can have fun learning skills that will enhance their enjoyment of Arkansas outdoors.
The workshops are held at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center is located about 15 miles west of Little Rock near the community of Ferndale. This 228 acre center is a modern, comfortable conference facility in the heart of forested mountains, providing an ideal location for learning outdoors skills.
|AGFC Page:||Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program|
|More Info:||National Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program|
|Black Bass Program|
The Black Bass Programsmain focus can be summarized into enhancing bass fishing opportunities for anglers through bass research, assisting other fisheries biologists, habitat improvement, and administering the Arkansas Tournament events. Information collected is used to calculate Fishing Quality Indicators for lakes and fishing clubs participating in the program.
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|Deer Management Assistance Program|
The Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) provides technical assistance to landowners and hunting clubs to improve deer populations. Biologists work with land managers to assess habitat quality and the potential to support a healthy, well-balanced deer herd. They evaluate historic, present and future deer management efforts and meet with clubs and land managers to explain options and expected results. They also train club members to correctly collect data on harvested and observed deer.
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|Family and Community Fishing Program|
The Family and Community Fisheries Program works to enhance or create destinations in urban areas, so that excellent fishing is available within a stone’s throw of all Arkansans. We often partner with city parks and recreation departments to enhance park facilities that are conveniently located near inner-city residents. Our efforts include sampling fish populations, aquatic habitat improvements, setting harvest restrictions, and stocking thousands of pounds of fish each year.
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Using a GPS unit, a geocacher places a cache and posts the coordinates on a geocaching web site. Other geocachers search for the cache. When searchers find the cache, they may take an item (a toy car, a baseball cap, a deck of cards, a key chain, etc.), leave an item and sign the logbook. They post their experiences on the web site so others can follow the history of the cache.
|AGFC Page:||Geocaching Program|
|More Info:||Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site|
|Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs Program|
The AGFC brought HOFNOD to Arkansas in 1997 with guidance from the Arkansas Department of Education. Today, HOFNOD students learn about aquatic life, the importance of clean waterways, conservation and stewardship – they also get to go fishing.
HOFNOD is a school-based program designed to support fishing clubs in the schools. The curriculum is aligned to the Department of Education standards.
|AGFC Page:||Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs Program|
|Master Angler Award Program|
Arkansas's Master Angler Award Program, which started in 1985, recognizes anglers who catch trophy size fish that meet demanding minimum weight requirements, but are not state records. There are eight categories. In the program: black basses, sunfish; crappie, pikes and true perches, catfish; trout, true basses and rough fish.
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|Project Learning Tree Program|
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, interdisciplinary environmental education program for educators working with students in Pre-K through grade 12. PLT helps students gain awareness and knowledge of the natural and built environment, their place within it, as well as their responsibility for it.
The Project Learning Tree's goals are to develop students' awareness, appreciation, understanding, skills, and commitment to address environmental issues; to provide a framework for students to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills to resolve environmental problems; to increase appreciation and tolerance of diverse viewpoints on environmental issues; to stimulate creativity, originality, and flexibility to resolve environmental problems and issues; and to encourage students to become responsible, productive, and participatory members of society.
|More Info:||National Project Learning Tree Program|
|Project WET Program|
The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state and internationally sponsored Project WET programs.
Arkansas Project WET Program Coordinators:
Philip Osborne, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118
501-682-0024 | Email
Barbara Miller, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118
501-683-5407 | Email
|More Info:||National Project WET|
Project WILD is an education program rooted in nature that helps educators bring the outdoors to their students. Free workshops matching state and national teaching frameworks offer valuable education and lesson plans about the natural world. Materials are available for teachers of any age group from kindergarten through 12th grade.
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Although trout have been managed in Arkansas since the early 1950's, AGFC’s formal trout program did not begin until 1985 when the first biologist dedicated to trout management was hired. Since that time the Trout Management Program (TMP) has grown in an effort to keep pace with the increasing popularity of the state’s trout resources. This program is responsible for oversight, planning, and conducting all trout management in Arkansas to include routine monitoring and research.
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|Wings Over Arkansas Program|
Wings Over Arkansas is an award-based program recognizing bird watchers’ contributions to Arkansas’ outdoors. Start a checklist of birds you've seen and receive a decorative pin and certificate identifying your level of birding experience.
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