Published: Nov 16, 2010 7:21 PM EST
Updated: Nov 16, 2010 4:21 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla - The deadline is quickly approaching for teachers to secure grants for conservation related projects in their classrooms.


Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge will award $1000 grants to Lee County Schools for conservation education-related projects that reflect the Society’s education mission. 


Schools may use the grant money to purchase teaching aids, books, and classroom materials; fund new classroom science projects; take field trips; or conduct work projects in the community.


All Lee County Schools are invited to submit environmental education- or science-related unit proposals. The approved proposals will be awarded in December 2010 for projects to be completed by May 2011.


“With environmental education funding being cut throughout the school district, teachers and students are so grateful to receive our grants to fund special projects,” said Doris Hardy, DDWS Environmental Education chair.


For further information and an application, visit, scroll down to Inside the Society, and click on Teacher Grants, or contact Gary Ogden at 472-1100 ext. 233 or Hardy at