SOCIAL CIRCLE — The Nongame Conservation Section of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant to a Georgia third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private-school teacher who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.
The purpose of the grant is to recognize and help an outstanding teacher who uses Georgia’s nongame wildlife as the context for learning third-, fourth- or fifth-grade curriculum standards.
Nongame wildlife refers to native animals that are not fished for or hunted and rare plants not harvested, such as gopher tortoises and Georgia aster.
This fall, a teacher will be selected to receive funding based on project design and how well the grant proposal questions are answered.
“Students who learn about plants, wildlife and habitats often develop an appreciation for these diverse natural resources and are then motivated to be good stewards of the environment — not just during childhood, but also as adults,” said Linda May, DNR environmental outreach coordinator.
Projects that are creative and teach about Georgia’s rare or endangered species, as well as those that can’t be funded otherwise, will earn bonus points. See www.georgiawildlife.com/education/educator-resources for details. The deadline to apply is Sept. 16. DNR will notify the grant winner and award funding in October.
For more information about this DNR grant opportunity, contact May at email@example.com or 706-557-3226, or Anna Yellin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-557-3283.