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Teachers can apply for Paddle Georgia scholarships

3/17/2017, 6 a.m.

Teachers in grades k-12 have until April 15 to apply for Paddle Georgia Educator Scholarships for a weeklong canoe/kayak camping adventure and environmental education training.

Applications are available at www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia. Winners will be announced April 20.

The program, which is sponsored by Mohawk Carpet Foundation, Williams Transco and the Coosa River Basin Initiative, will provide complimentary registrations valued at $425. The journey begins June 17 on the Etowah River near Dawsonville and ends 120 miles downstream on the Coosa River in Rome on June 23.

Scholarship recipients will paddle for seven days while receiving training in Project WET environmental education curriculum and Georgia Adopt-a-Stream water monitoring protocol.

Joe Cook, Paddle Georgia coordinator, said the goal is to have teachers use their experiences on the river and in the workshops to incorporate environmental education in their classrooms.

Paddle Georgia is an annual canoe and kayak journey that takes place on a different Georgia river each year. In its first 12 years, the nonprofit Georgia River Network has guided more than 4,000 people down 14 rivers and generated more than $400,000 for river protection. More than 70 Georgia educators have participated in the scholarship program.

For more information, email joecookpg@gmail.com or call 706-409-0128.