The schools program takes students outside
Teachers looking for ways to incorporate the outdoors into physical education can have ready-made curricula for the next school year thanks to a new curriculum offered by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
The Outdoor Adventures program created and administered by the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation allows teachers to choose from a variety of outdoor skills to create a one-semester class that qualifies for one physical education credit.
Scot McClure, the foundation’s education director, said 655 schools have signed up for the program across the country. Cabot Freshman Academy in Cabot is the newest school in Arkansas to enroll.
Educational opportunities vary from angling and archery to paddle sports and camping.
“There are 34 units in the program that teachers can choose from and all of them are applicable in Arkansas, with the exception of ice fishing,” McClure said. “The teacher can customize the program according to the needs of his students and his community.”
The Outdoor Adventures program is kindergarten to grade 12 and incorporates existing game and fishing programs such as Arkansas National Archery in schools, boating education, and hunter education. The recent passage of Senate Bill 161 allows all public schools in Arkansas to incorporate hunter safety courses into their physical education and health and safety curriculum.
Schools that may not have an equipment budget can take advantage of special grants under the program to purchase archery equipment, fishing gear, and other outdoor items to use. in the courtyards. Additional grants are available in Arkansas through the Department of Rural Services.
Visit www.agfc.com/en/education or call 501-223-6300 to learn more about the educational programs offered by Game and Fish. For more information on registering for the Outdoor Adventures program, contact Scot McClure at 972-504-9008 or by email [email protected]