AUSTIN – This week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Commission approved Community Outdoor Outreach Grants to youth programs in the cities of Corpus Christi and Edinburg. The recipients of these grants are (1) the Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg, (2) the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation-OSO Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center, and (3) South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Funding for these grants comes from the state sales tax on sporting goods.
As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Hinojosa was instrumental in the legislature’s decision to appropriate $90 million to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for critical park repairs, new projects for local parks, and outdoor youth programs across Texas.
“I thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for the $133,000 in funding to give our South Texas youths the opportunity to participate in outdoor and nature programs learning more about their environment. These programs will provide our children with education, hands-on experiences, and more time enjoying nature,” stated Senator Hinojosa.
Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg – $35,500 grant for 500 youth to study nature through interactive lessons in birding, environmental conservation and more. These children will also visit state parks and the World Birding Centers.
City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation-OSO Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center – $48,033 for a new youth program that will increase students’ environmental literacy fostering future environmental stewards. By utilizing the new Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center, students will study biodiversity, overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution.
South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center – $49,216 for low-income youth to experience a week long summer camp for free that includes a three day birding program and nature photography.
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa served as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development; Criminal Justice; Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs as well as the Sunset Advisory Commission.