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$412,000 Grant Boosts Little River Canyon Field School

JACKSONVILLE -- September 20, 2002 -- The Department of Education awarded Jacksonville State University a $412,000 FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) grant that will boost the University's Little River Canyon Field School Program.

JSU's Pete Conroy, director of the University's Environmental Policy and Information Center, said "with these funds our program will be professionalized in a way that will benefit more people with higher-quality programming."

Conroy said the more significant costs the funding will cover include:

  • A curriculum specialist in the Fort Payne area who "will generate additional interest and put programs on the ground in northeast Alabama." Conroy said the specialist will be someone with education experience and a background in natural science.
  • A van to shuttle participants to program locations at Little River Canyon.
  • Exhibits that will go into the proposed classroom building.
  • Web site development.
  • Professional evaluations to determine what the community wants, needs and can best use at the facility.
  • Teacher training workshops.
  • A "Forest Fest" bluegrass festival, which will generate proceeds for construction of the classroom facility.
  • Scholarships for students who cannot afford admission to Little River Canyon programs.
For more information about JSU's Little River Canyon Field School, call 256-782-5697.


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