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Conservation Teacher of the Year Grant

Grant to a Georgia Elementary School
Teacher for a Creative Life Sciences Project

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Wildlife Division - Nongame Conservation Section

Deadline Date:

09/06/19 Postmarked or Emailed


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Grant of $1,000 to a Georgia third, fourth, or fifth-grade elementary school teacher for an innovative educational project involving life sciences. Funding is intended for a project that uses wildlife, habitats, and plants to support grade-level learning. Projects that highlight rare wildlife or plants will receive extra points.

While Georgia Standards of Excellence science standards are emphasized, cross-curricular teaching is highly encouraged. Preference will be given to teachers who incorporate outdoor activities into their lessons.

Standards of Excellence:

3rd Grade Life Science:
- S3L1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the similarities and differences between plants, animals, and habitats found within geographic regions (Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau) of Georgia.
- S3L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.

4th Grade Life Science:
- S4L1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
- S4L2. Students will identify factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms such as adaptation, variation of behaviors (hibernation), and external features (camouflage and protection).

5th Grade Life Science
- S5L1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to group organisms using scientific classification procedures.
- S5L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information showing that some characteristics of organisms are inherited and other characteristics are acquired.
- S5L3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the parts of plant and animal cells.
- S5L4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how microorganisms benefit or harm larger organisms. (Clarification statement: Possible microorganisms could include Tardigrades, Lactobacillus, Probiotics, Rotifers, Salmonella, Clostridium botulinum (Botox), E-coli, Algae, etc. Students are not expected to know these specific microorganisms.

For more information about the Standards of Excellence, see page one of the Grant Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174854

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The grant is for $1,000. In addition to the $1000 grant, registration fees to the 2020 Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Annual Conference (March 6-8, 2020) will be provided.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be spent by May 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Georgia teachers (including science specialists) who teach third, fourth, or fifth grade.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is September 6, 2019 (emailed or postmarked by).

The winner will be notified by September 27, 2019, and the funds awarded soon thereafter.

Previous grant recipients must wait a minimum of three years before applying again.

The recipient is encouraged to submit a proposal to present their project at the conference, but doing so is not required. The recipient may be asked to write an article for EEA’s newsletter, The Link.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications may be sent to Anna Yellin at or

GA DNR WRD, Wildlife Conservation
“Conservation Teacher of the Year” Grant
2065 US Highway 278 SE
Social Circle, GA 30025

Linda May


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USA: Georgia