With a Blue School Grant, students from Sea Side Charter School–Beaches visited Guana Preserve and Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park to test water quality, sein for fish and become more familiar with local variations in ecosystems they have been learning about in class.

Up to $20,000 in funds budgeted

From the St. John’s River Water Management District

Now entering the fourth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the St. Johns River Water Management District anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning. The application period runs May 31–Sept. 6, giving teachers all summer to prepare their project proposals for the 2019–2020 grants.

“Blue School Grants are a great way for the district to support student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields with our partnering local schools,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We have funded 33 projects in the last three funding cycles, and I’m eager to see the next round of interesting, imaginative project ideas that could inspire students to pursue a lifelong passion for science.”

Up to $2,000 per teacher per school will be awarded to middle and high school teachers to enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources. Public and charter school teachers within the district’s boundaries are eligible to apply.

Grants may be awarded in three areas: freshwater resources field study, water-conserving landscape projects, or water conservation community/school awareness campaigns.

Examples of successful grant applications include:

  • Water quality comparison of stormwater ponds on campus
  • Field trip to Silver Springs for soil and water sampling
  • Water unit in senior English class where students learned about water scarcity and created informative diagrams, flyers, and presentations for the community
  • Field trips to organic and conventional farms
  • Seagrass restoration project
  • Water conservation awareness posters and video

Teachers receiving grants will be notified on Oct. 1.

Information about criteria and deadlines and the online application can be found at www.sjrwmd.com/education/blueschool.

Learn more about district professionals in STEM careers here.

About the St. Johns River Water Management District

St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay.

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