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DDWS announces deadline for teacher grants

By Staff | Aug 30, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Students at Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School in Fort Myers work on their “Creating Environmental Stewards in Kindergarten” project, funded by a 2019 DDWS Teacher Conservation Grant.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, with J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, has announced its 14th annual round of Teacher Conservation Grants.

Up to $10,000 in grant awards are available to districts, schools and individual teachers in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties this school year for conservation education-related projects.

Teachers in the three-county area may apply for grants up to $1,000 each to fund new classroom science projects, promote stewardship, purchase teaching aids, acquire classroom materials, and conduct work projects in their community or beyond. Again this year, two grants up to $3,000 are also available to school- and district-wide projects.

Applicants are invited to submit conservation-related proposals by Oct. 31.

The approved proposals will be awarded by December for projects to be completed by May.

“Our conservation grants are an important part of the society’s mission to educate and create future conservation stewards from our young students of today,” DDWS Environmental Education Committee Chair Wendy Kindig said. “Again this year we are offering two $3,000 grants to encourage larger creative projects that will reach more students. Plus, we still offer $1,000 grants for teachers with single-class projects or smaller needs.”

In the past 12 years, the DDWS has granted more than $80,300 to local schools for environmental projects. The teacher grants are funded by monies received from the DDWS Conservation Education Endowment Fund established by Jay “Ding” Darling’s grandson, the late Kip Koss.

To make a tax-deductible donation in support of the fund, contact DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or director@dingdarlingsociety.com.

For further grant information and an application, visit tinyurl.com/dinggrants, or contact Sierra Hoisington at 472-1100 ext. 4 or shois@dingdarlingsociety.org.