Only 41 organizations across the state of Texas have received the 2022 Texas Parks and Wildlife Community Outreach Program grant — and Tyler’s Glass Recreation Center is one of them.
The TPWD CO-OP grant provides funding to tax-exempt organizations for programs that engage underrepresented populations when it comes to TPWD’s mission-oriented activities, according to TPWD’s website. Grant money can be used for community conservation and recreation activities.
Glass Recreation Center supervisor Staci Lara said the recreation center received funding for its outdoor adventure series. This program is for minorities, low-income families and those who want to learn more about the outdoors, she said.
Receiving this grant for the third time was a good feeling, said Lara. Those on the Outdoor Adventure Series worked hard to make sure everything was planned and the needs of the grant were met, she said.
“We are so proud and we are so happy with the program that we have worked hard to be able to offer it again,” said Lara.
The TPWD CO-OP grant will provide $16,354 for the Outdoor Adventure Series, according to the City of Tyler. This grant has provided the Outdoor Adventure Series with a total of $60,000 over the past three years.
Everything in the Outdoor Adventure series is free and has taught people outdoor skills such as archery, fishing, orienteering, animal tracking, bird watching and more. again, Lara said.
With the new funding, the recreation center will be able to pay for more supplies, participant travel costs, camping and food. This money will also add stargazing, kayaking and outdoor cooking to the skills people can learn.
Each outdoor workshop class is two hours long and takes place either at the Recreation Center or at Tyler State Park, Lara said. Up to 20 families have attended workshops and more than 200 people have participated, she said.
Those who attend at least three or more of the workshops will be able to take an overnight camping trip at the end of the program with Texas Outdoor Family at Tyler State Park, Lara said. On this trip, families can apply everything they have learned in the program.
The outdoor adventure program is a good way to “promote families to be outdoors more and socialize as a family while enjoying hands-on experiences,” Lara said.
“If you’ve never done orienteering before, or experienced bird watching, these are perfect workshops to get you started on something you might want to pursue in the future,” Lara said. .
The outdoor adventure program will resume this fall, Lara said. This will give Glass Recreation staff time to schedule dates and prepare equipment.
For more information on this program and others offered at Glass Recreation Center, visit www.TylerParksandRec.com