Grant money given to help teach students about nature, conservation

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SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - More than $7,000 in grant money has been given to help students learn about nature and conservation. 

The privately funded "Field Trip Grants" will be apart of a program to help more than 9,800 students from 35 counties learn about the state's heritage.

The program lets teachers apply for funds to take students on field trips to study biodiversity in Illinois.

The annual application deadline is Jan. 31.

Funding covers the cost of transportation for trips and substitute teachers.

This year's awards include:

Champaign County:
Dewing Home School, St. Joseph. Grades: 1-6. Destination: Plum Creek Nature Center, Beecher.
Grant Award: $277.95.

Dewing Home School. St. Joseph. Grades: prekindergarten-8. Destination: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
Grant Award: $1,560.00.

Dewing Home School, St. Joseph. Grades: 1-6. Destination: John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago.
Grant Award: $553.00.

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School, Mahomet. Grade: 7. Destination: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet. Grant Award: $570.00.

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School, Mahomet. Grade: 7. Destination: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet. Grant Award: $564.00.

Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana, Savoy. Grades: prekindergarten-kindergarten. Destination: University of Illinois Pollinatarium, Urbana. Grant Award: $150.00.

Unity East Elementary School, Philo. Grade: 5. Destination: Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer. Grant Award: $212.35.

Douglas County:
Villa Grove Community Unit School District #302, Villa Grove. Grades: 7-8. Destination: Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Grant Award: $1,000.00.

Moultrie County:
Sullivan Elementary School, Sullivan. Grade: 1. Destination: Ballard Nature Center, Altamont. Grant Award: $955.00

Shelby County:
 Gregory Intermediate School, Moweaqua. Grade: 5. Destination: Camp Maranatha, Ramsey. Grant Award: $500.00.

Gregory Intermediate School, Moweaqua. Grade: 5. Destination: National Great Rivers Museum and Melvin Price Lock and Dam, East Alton. Grant Award: $1,000.00.

For more information about the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program, click HERE.

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