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Fishing in the Natural State (FINS)


The Fishing In the Natural State Program was created for use in any Arkansas school. The primary focus is on grades 4-12. The program can also accommodate civic clubs and organizations. The curriculum provided to schools includes eight units covering Fish and Fishing, Ecology, Habitats, and the Human Impact on the environment. These lessons can be used in any type of classroom including, but not limited to Science, Math, English and Physical Education.

Through this program, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is striving to instill a culture of conservation and stewardship in our school age population. Each applicant is asked to complete at least one conservation program through the year and sponsor a fishing derby. To help accomplish these goals, a Fishing in the Natural State kit is provided. The kit includes rods and reels, tackle, and a classroom set of various support materials. Fishing in the Natural State Program participants are also eligible to apply for Wildlife Education Grant funds (use of fine revenue.) Funds may be used by educators to purchase any needed supplies and equipment as well as take students on field trips to AGFC Nature Centers and Wildlife Management Areas.

Seminar/Clinic Request Form

Submit a form to request a Seminar or a Clinic.

Program Coordinator

James (Bo) Davidson

Fishing in the Natural State Program Coordinator

Phone 501-604-3774
Mobile 501-438-1663
23 Joe Hogan Lane
Lonoke, AR