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Know a life science teacher? They may be eligible for Georgia DNR's $1,000 Conservation Teacher of the Year grant
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A group of youngsters look inside a tarantula cage Wednesday, June 26, 2019, inside the Elachee Nature Center's new live animal exhibit. The project took over six months to build. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 Conservation Teacher of the Year grant to a public or private elementary school educator who teaches life science. 

“By fostering connections with nature, teachers help improve students’ health and well-being,” DNR Outreach Coordinator Linda May said in a press release. “The benefits of making and strengthening those outdoor connections will last a lifetime.” 

The grant — which is available to kindergarten through fifth grade teachers — will be awarded to someone who “demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.” 

Georgia DNR stated in a press release Wednesday, Oct. 21, that applicants must use Georgia’s native wildlife as the context for covering the Georgia Standards of Excellence, and preference will be given to those who are creative with their project designs and embrace the outdoors for learning. Extra consideration will be given to those whose projects focus on rare animal and plant species. 

The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 20. Georgia DNR will notify the grant winner by Friday, Dec. 4. The proposal guidelines can be found at

For more information about the Conservation Teacher of the Year grant, visit or contact Linda May at or Anna Yellin at