Supporting Science, Outdoor Education
Governor Robert Bentley announces two Appalachian Regional Commission grants totaling $150,000 to improve science and outdoor education opportunities in the Fort Payne area. A $100,000 grant will enable One World Adventure to begin renovations to a building in downtown Fort Payne that will serve as the base for the nonprofit organization to provide environmental and outdoor education activities for youth and their families. And, a $50,000 grant to the Fort Payne city school system who is refurbishing a science and chemistry lab at Fort Payne High School. One World Adventure will renovate 6,000-square feet of the former Quinn Hotel building. The renovations will add classroom space and serve as headquarters for the organization’s outdoor activities in and around Little River Canyon and Desoto State Park. Fort Payne school officials say once the modern equipment and required safety features are installed, the school will be able to teach more advanced chemistry, physics and science classes to about 300 students per year.