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Georgia DNR to award $1000 grant to a top conservation teacher
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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a $1000 grant to a teacher in the state who teaches life sciences in an exceptional and innovative way. 

According to a release by the DNR, any kindergarten through fifth grade private or public school teacher in the state can apply for the grant. Science specialists in those grade levels can also apply, and the grant recipient will be recognized as the DNR Conservation Teacher of the Year. 

“Teachers who apply must use Georgia’s native animals, plants and habitats as the context for covering Georgia Standards of Excellence,” the release said. “Although the grant emphasizes life science, cross-curricular teaching is highly encouraged. Preference will be given to teachers who demonstrate creativity in project design and take learning outside, as well as for projects that could not be funded otherwise.” 

The release added that teaching may take place either in-person on school grounds or online. 

“The outdoors is an ever-changing, real-world learning lab for a variety of subjects,” DNR Outreach Coordinator Linda May said in the release. “Students are more calm, engaged and focused as they observe and experience nature first-hand. The result is improved academic performance and well-being.” 

The grant is coordinated by the Wildlife Conservation Section, a part of the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. The deadline to apply for the grant is Oct. 17, and the grant winner will be notified by the DNR by Oct. 31.

To learn more about the Conservation Teacher of the Year grant including how to apply for it, go to georgiawildlife.com/TeachingConservationGrant or contact Linda May at linda.may@dnr.ga.gov or Anna Yellin at anna.yellin@dnr.ga.gov.