August 1, 2016
To All Teachers and Staff in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties:
The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge would like to announce the donation of $10,000 to area schools for conservation education-related projects.  This money can be used to purchase teaching aids, books, and classroom materials, fund new classroom science projects, take field trips, and conduct work projects in your community or beyond. All schools in the five-county area are invited to submit Environmental Education or Science related unit proposals.
Criteria for projects:

1. Projects should have an Environmental Education, Science, Math, Language Arts, or Conservation focus.

2. Each proposal should not exceed $1,000.


3. Projects must be completed by end of school year June 2017 with proper documentation submitted, including receipts. Approved projects will be announced by December 2016.
Please submit the completed application form, project summary, proposal, and attachments to the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, ATTENTION: SARAH LATHROP, 1 Wildlife Drive, PO Box 565, Sanibel, FL 33957, by October 31, 2016, for review.   For further information please contact Wendy Kindig ( or Becky Larkins ( by email or call the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society office at 239/472-1100, ext. 233.
Yours sincerely,
Doris Hardy, President
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge
Click here for application guidelines.
Click here for an application to download and print.


Click here for information on the Summer Teachers Assisting Refuges (STAR) Program.