Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation has received a $24,474 grant for its Summer Environmental Explorations camp.

The foundation is among 10 recipients from $290,000 in grants awarded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). The grant partnerships aim to support community-based conservation and outdoor recreation activities throughout Texas.

CO-OP was established by the department in 1996 to help introduce underrepresented audiences to environmental education, conservation and outdoor recreation.

Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation’s Summer Environmental Explorations camp is a four-day event that immerses Eagle Scholars in nature using hands-on lessons. The scholars take trips to state parks, learn from professionals and participate in aquatic science lessons, fossil hunting, kayaking, bird watching and hiking.