January 1, 2014
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.
These projects should reflect the mission of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, a not-for-profit friends group working with the Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to promote and enhance environmental education.
Criteria for projects:
Projects should have an Environmental Education, Science, Math, Language Arts, or Conservation focus
Each proposal should not exceed $1,000
Approved projects will be announced by December 2014.  
Projects must be completed by end of school year May 2015 with proper documentation submitted, including receipts.
Please submit the completed application form, project summary, proposal, and attachments to the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, ATTENTION: EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 1 Wildlife Drive, PO Box 565, Sanibel, FL 33957, by November 17, 2014, for review.   For further information please contact Doris Hardy, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, at 239/472-1100, ext. 233 or Becky Wolff, Park Ranger & Environmental Education Specialist at 239/472-1100, ext. 236.
Yours sincerely,
John McCabe, President
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge
Click here for application guidelines.
Click here for an application to download and print.