Be Outside Idaho Children In Nature Grants available

BOISE, Idaho (New release)--- The Idaho Recreation and Tourism Initiative (IRTI), a coalition of state and federal agencies working to promote recreation and tourism opportunities, is sponsoring a grants program to encourage outdoor activities for youth. The Be Outside Idaho Children In Nature grants program is in its second year. IRTI will be accepting applications from schools, governmental entities, and nonprofits for programs that encourage outdoor recreation and natural resource education.

IRTI Coordinator Rick Just said, “Last year we awarded 11 grants for environmental monitoring, school tours of outdoor facilities, and equipment such as binoculars.”

Applications are available at www.idahoirti.org. The grant deadline is February 15. Recipients will be notified by March 1.

The IRTI partners include the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Commerce, Bureau of Reclamation, Friends of Idaho State Parks, National Park Service, Idaho Recreation and Parks Association, Friends of Idaho State Parks, and the Idaho RV Campground Association.