Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Being Accepted

PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Wildlife Diversity Program is accepting proposals for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program. The program provides funding for researchers, educators and naturalists to carry out projects focused on native wildlife.

Funding for the 2019 Small Grants Program totals $28,000 for projects that are focused on research of native wildlife species and their habitats.

Wildlife Diversity Small Grants have funded education, research and monitoring projects focused on native wildlife and habitats since 1997. A wide range of projects has been completed to date, ranging from spider surveys of the Fort Pierre National Grasslands to assessing the risk of plague in black-footed ferrets.

The department recognizes that there is a tremendous pool of talent and expertise outside of the agency that can be very beneficial to the mission of the Wildlife Division.

Proposals are due by February 15, 2019.

For more information, contact the Wildlife Diversity Program at 605.773.4345 or email Casey.Heimerl@state.sd.us. Additional information and grant application forms can be found at gfp.sd.gov/small-grants-program/.

Funding Available For S.D. Trails

PIERRE — South Dakota State Parks Director Katie Ceroll announced this week that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments.

“When it comes to promoting healthy communities, recreational trails are key,” Ceroll said. “As safe corridors for exercise and recreation, trails give families the opportunity to spend quality time together and enjoy the natural beauty of our state.”

The Recreational Trails Program provides partial reimbursement for approved trail projects. Eligible projects include construction of new public trails, rehabilitation of existing public trails, development of trail-related facilities and educational programs that relate to recreational trails.

The application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2019.

RTP funds come to the state through the Federal Highway Administration and are apportioned to states by Congress to fund both motorized and non-motorized public recreation trail projects. The amount of funds available is based upon the number of recreational vehicles licensed in each state.

Application packets are available online at the Game, Fish and Parks website. For more information, contact Grants Coordinator Randy Kittle at 605.773.5490 or by e-mail at randy.kittle@state.sd.us.

View Snowmobile Trails With Cameras

PIERRE — South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials want to remind snowmobilers that trail cameras offer a visual aid for current trail conditions across the state.

Trail cameras are located at Hardy Station, Savoy and the Kirk trailhead in the Black Hills. East River trails are utilizing four of South Dakota Department of Transportation’s (DOT) road conditions cameras. Those cameras are located at the junction of Highways 34 and 37 east of Forestburg, Highway 14 east of Cavour, Highway 81 south of Arlington, the junction of Highways 20 and 25 west of Wallace and the junction of Highways 10 and 25 at Lake City.

To view trail conditions, visit gfp.sd.gov and search “snowmobiling.”

Jan. 15 Workshop For Educators Will Link Science & Literature

LINCOLN, Neb. — Educators of preschool-aged children are invited to attend a free workshop in Norfolk on using literature books to teach science concepts.

The Birds and Books workshop, scheduled for Jan. 15 at the Elkhorn Valley Museum from 6-9 p.m., is specifically for formal and informal educators and day care providers of preschoolers.

Workshop participants will investigate ways to use literature books to engage children in meaningful interdisciplinary lessons, connecting literature books with simple, long-term science investigations.

Educators will receive bird-related science-focused lessons, bird-related literature books, the Birds of Nebraska Field Guide and a bird feeder.

The workshop is put on by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Northern Prairies Land Trust. For more information or to register, contact Bachmann at Jamie.bachmann@nebraska.gov.

Jan. 29 Workshop For Early Childhood Educators To Focus On Insects

LINCOLN, Neb. — Early childhood educators interested in incorporating insects into a classroom or after-school program are invited to a free workshop Jan. 29 in Norfolk.

Participants will receive a curriculum guide, information on hands-on supplemental activities and background knowledge on basic insect anatomy and lifecycles. Educators will also learn how to catch and care for classroom touchable insects.

The free event, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Northern Prairies Land Trust, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Museum, 515 Queen City Blvd. Free door prizes will be offered. Both formal and informal early childhood educators are welcome.

For more information or to register, contact Jamie Bachmann at Jamie.bachmann@nebraska.gov.

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