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J.B. Butler Science Grant

In 1992, AWRA Florida created the J.B. Butler Science Grant in honor of our colleague and former Section President, J.B. Butler, to provide educational materials to environmental centers and educators that teach grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. The grant money is awarded to educators to promote water resources educational units. Each year, up to six (6) $1,000 grants are awarded (NOTE: the award amount was increased from $500 to $1,000 in 2020). Applications must be received by Friday, April 12, 2024.

The 2024 Application form is now available here.

2023 Recipients

Leif Mieras – Indian River Charter High School, Vero Beach, FL

Leif will be filling donated tanks with Sea Grass, Mangrove, and Coral specimens to serve as Teaching Tanks. The mangrove and sea grasses will be donated to Harbor Branch Oceanographic for incorporation into their preservation activities. The live specimens will live on for future years teachings.

Gloria Del Gaudio – Biscayne Nature Center for Environmental Education, Key Biscayne, FL

Gloria is purchasing underwater viewer buckets, specimen containers, and seine nets for their field trips that impact over 5,000 Miami Dade Schools students annually, particularly 5th graders. They focus on environmental conservation engagement while netting, identifying, and releasing puffer fish, spider crabs. Mantis shrimp. Squid, sponges, and bubble algae among others.


Lance Cutrer/Hailey Miller – Museum of Discovery and Science, Ft. Lauderdale, FL