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DDWS offering larger teacher grants for upcoming school year

August 6, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, with the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, has announced its 13th 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 for the 2018-2019 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. This year, two grants up to $3,000 are also available to school- and district-wide projects.

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J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Ranger Monica Scroggin leads a tour with Immokalee Middle School for its 2018 grant-funded “All Creatures Great & Small” project.

All applicants are invited to submit their conservation-related proposals by Oct. 26. 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," Wendy Kindig, environmental education committee chair for DDWS, said. "This year we are offering two new $3,000 grants to encourage larger creative projects that will touch more students. Plus, we still offer $1,000 grants for teachers with single-class projects or smaller needs."

In the past 12 years, 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

For further grant information and an application, visit or contact Sierra Hoisington at 472-1100 ext. 4 or



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