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TPWD News Release — May 16, 2005

Outreach Grants Help Texas Kids Go Camping

AUSTIN, Texas — Sixteen grants totaling more than $400,000 have been awarded to fund camping and outdoor environmental education camps that target underserved populations and their families.

The grants, funded by sporting tax dollars, are part of the Community Outdoor Outreach Program at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“For many of the participants targeted in this program, this will be the first time they have experienced the outdoors, Texas Parks and Wildlife style,” said CO-OP Program Director Darlene Lewis. “These overnight stays and programs have been developed to help families around the state to not only learn more about our natural resources, but to become better stewards of our resources.”

Including this year’s awards, there has been a total of $800,000 in grants awarded from 2004-05.

This year’s awards are as follows:

The next available CO-OP grant deadline is Oct. 1. To find out more about the grant or how to apply, contact TPWD at (512) 912-7124 or rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov.

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