Grant Allows Students to Enjoy Nature

Today was not the greatest day to be outside, but that did not stop some Quanah students from becoming one with nature.

About 70 pre-k and kindergartners from Reagan Elementary enjoyed a field trip to River Bend Nature Center here in Wichita Falls.

Little ones learned about bugs, roadrunners and other native animals.

During a time when budget cuts are forcing many schools to cut field trips, this student field trip was funded through Alcoa Howmet's "STEM Ecology grant.

Last year, the grant was $15,000, but this year, River Bend Nature Center officials say it was increased to $33,000, an amount that is allowing River Bend to extend this program to more school districts outside of Wichita County.

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