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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office supports natural resource education in many ways.  The national Let’s Go Outside initiative works to connect people with nature.  More information about this program for kids, families, youth group leaders and educators is available here.

Outreach at the Museum of DiscoveryThe Arkansas Field Office staff is available to provide endangered species or conservation programs to school, community, or scout groups as resources and staffing permit.  The opportunity to interact with the future of conservation is always welcome!  We also have a birding unit resource with classroom binoculars, field guides, and cameras available for check out and environmental education books that we would be glad to loan. Please contact us with your educational needs!


The following are USFWS National resources that you may find helpful:

Arkansas-specific InformationArkansas
Exploring Nature Educational Resource: A Natural Science Resource for Students and Educators
This is an excellent site with natural history, habitat, and species information for many (if not most) of the animals in Arkansas, including coloring pages and maps.

The same site has a wide range of science activities and experiments available on this page.


Conservation Connect
A free online web series with a focus on unique wildlife species, conservation careers, and technology that conservation professionals use to study and protect wild animals. Although targeted to children ages 9-13, this series may be enjoyed by any age.  Free teachers’ resources can be downloaded with each episode. 


Creating Schoolyard HabitatsSchoolyard Habitat
A schoolyard habitat or outdoor classroom is a natural habitat area that is created by students, for students, with community support.  Schoolyard habitat projects both create and support learning about the natural world over the long term. You can learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region schoolyard habitat program here and obtain a copy of the Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide here.

The contact in the Arkansas Field office for information on schoolyard habitats is Joe Krystofik (joe_krystofik@fws.gov or 501-513-4479). 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Schoolyard Habitat Grant Application may be found here.

The Green Thumb Challenge offers guidance and grants to encourage gardening as part of a nationwide movement to get kids growing. The Green Education Foundations offers materials and resources on this website.

Urban Initiative
Even if your school is not near a National Wildlife Refuge and a schoolyard habitat is not possible in the near future, there are ways to connect your students with nature!  The Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership is taking steps in that direction.  The Urban initiative fact sheet is available here and more information about the program is available here.

Arkansas Field Office
110 S. Amity Road
Suite 300
Conway, AR 72032

501/513 4470 (v)
501/513 4480 (f)

Last Updated: February 25, 2016

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