Aquatic Resources Education Program 

 

 

Mobile Aquariums

Education AquariumFour mobile aquariums are available free of charge for display at schools and qualifying community events, such as fairs, town festivals, outdoor shows and youth events. Millions of people have enjoyed our mobile aquariums, which feature native fish and turtles.

Fishing Derbies

The Fishing Derby Program provides a positive fishing experience for children, senior citizens and physically challenged individuals. The AGFC co-sponsors these events with organizations such as civic clubs, municipalities, other government agencies, churches, schools and nursing homes. Sponsors recruit volunteers and provide a public derby site. The Commission stocks the site with fish and provides technical guidance for the event.

Classroom Aquariums

Aquatic education and environmental awareness are best begun at an early age. To aid Arkansas teachers with this, the Aquatic Resources Education Program supplies 55-gallon aquariums to selected classrooms at no cost to the teacher or school district. We require only that teachers submit an annual report detailing how the aquarium is used. 

Tackle Loaner Program

The AGFC places rod-and-reel combinations in public libraries for individuals to check out, just as they would a library book. Some locations even include fly-tying equipment for checkout. More than 20 libraries across the state participate in this program. Check the link below to find a site close to you. If you are interested in getting your library started in this program, get the program request form from the application link.

Fishing Seminar/Clinic Program

Like most other activities, fishing requires a basic knowledge of techniques for consistent success and enjoyment. To help supply these tools to anglers, seminars and clinics are periodically held across the state. These educational events can be tailored to a variety of skill levels, from beginner to seasoned professional. 

Program Staff

NameTitlePhone | Email
Jimmy BarnettARE Program Coordinator501-676-9506 | Email