Year: 
2018
Project Leader: 
Matthew Springer and Laurie Thomas
Department/Program: 
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Funding Received: 
$500

Funds from the Barnhart Challenge grant will be used to purchase a fur and skull educational kit for youth and adult educational programming in wildlife and forestry. Primary use will be dedicated to youth education programs. The use of furs and skulls of native Kentucky wildlife offers a hands-on learning experience in which the importance of wildlife and natural resource conservation, evolution, anatomy and physiology, and their roles in ecological systems can be delivered. Last year alone, this tool would have been used in several successful programs including Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Academy NRESci (70 students), Kentucky Forest Leadership Program (25 students), Robinson Forest Field Day during Mountain Ag Week (97 students), and Win with Wood (221 students). The use of these materials will also highlight STEM related fields that are natural resource and outdoor oriented.