Education

The Bartramian Audubon Society’s Education Committee encourages and supports the teaching of natural history, ecology and conservation by:

● maintaining contact with and supporting the educational objectives and programs of the National Audubon Society;

● offering help to local schools and colleges in their related educational efforts;

● informing and educating chapter members and the public about the natural environment.

These opportunities are currently offered for educators:

Audubon Adventures Available for Classroom Use

Bartramian Audubon sponsors and funds Audubon Adventures curriculum materials for students in grades 3-6 in schools in Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango Counties. Audubon Adventures is available in digital subscription format, where teachers can access downloadable and interactive content for students, plus teacher resources, a large, printed poster and e-newsletter. Printed sets of student magazines also are available, as an alternative to the online subscription. The materials include standards-based content related to birds, wildlife and their habitats, and can be integrated across multiple subject areas. The theme for 2015-16 is “Action for Planet Earth,” with a focus on protecting Earth’s natural resources. Topics relate to habitats, water resources and energy sources and challenges. Learn more about Audubon Adventures at: Audubon Adventures. Then contact Becky Lubold, the chapter’s Education Chair, at 814-330-2550 or email Becky to arrange to receive the materials. A limited number of subscriptions and kits will be sponsored on a first-come, first-served basis. We aim to place the orders early in the school year, but may be able to order later, as well.

Hog Island Audubon Camp Scholarship for Educators

Each year Bartramian Audubon awards one scholarship for a local teacher to attend the “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” session of Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island. This session aims to inspire and empower science and non-science teachers with practical approaches for engaging both children and adults with nature. Those who attend the camp become part of a legacy of Audubon education that began in 1936, and are instructed by some of the most respected naturalists and environmental educators in the country. They participate in interdisciplinary workshops and field trips that teach inquiry-based science in the context of the forest, intertidal and ocean ecosystems of the scenic Maine coast. Participants also find time to share ideas with fellow educators, enjoy the camp’s delicious home cooking and explore the environs of historic Hog Island during this extraordinary learning adventure. The application period for the Hog Island scholarship for July, 2016 is now open, and will close on February 28, 2016. The application form is available here or by contacting our Education Chair at 814-330-2550 or by email. Learn more about what this experience can be like at Hog Island .

“Our Feathered Friends” Teaching Kit

Bartramian Audubon Society will loan this kit, which was developed with funding assistance from the National Audubon Society and Audubon Pennsylvania. The kit includes a variety of informational resources, materials and equipment that educators can use to teach students about regional birds and their environment. The trunk is designed for grade levels 3 through 6, and also can be used by home school groups, 4H groups, and scouts. For more information about this learning tool, or other assistance with your educational efforts, contact the chapter’s Education Chair.

Bartramian Audubon offers these scholarship opportunities for students:

Gene and Joanne Wilhelm Hog Island Scholarships for Teens

Two scholarships are available for teens living in Butler, Lawrence, Mercer or Venango counties to attend programs at Hog Island Audubon Camp. The first is offered to students ages 14-17 who have an avid interest in birds. The award covers the cost of attendance at the “Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens” session in June, which allows young birders to work with some of the country's best-known birders and ornithologists on field identification, bird ecology and conservation. The second, for ages 18-19, is for attending the “Arts and Birding” session in July, which includes birding adventures, as well as in-depth study in an art specialty of choice. The application period for these scholarships for 2016 is now open, and will close on October 31, 2015. A form is available here, or by contacting Gene Wilhelm at 724-704-2434 or email Gene Wilhelm . Teens and parents can learn more about what these experiences are like at Hog Island.

College/University Scholarships: Each year the chapter awards two scholarships to deserving local college students in the field of Environmental Studies:

●The Michael A. Starker Environmental Studies Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student at Slippery Rock University. Students apply in the spring of the year through the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment. For more information contact Dr. Heike Hartmann at 724-738-4376.

●The Helen R. Ferguson Fund Scholarship for Environmental Studies is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in environmental science at Westminster College, who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of environmental science and education. The awardee is selected by a faculty committee who oversees the environmental science major. For more information contact Dr. Helen Boylan at 724-946-6293.

Learning Opportunities for all:

Join Bartramian Audubon and Jennings for Citizen Science and Learning:

In addition to hosting the chapter’s informative programs and monthly meetings, Jennings Environmental Education Center collaborates with Bartramian Audubon Society in offering opportunities for learning how individuals can help researchers gather important data about bird population and migration trends, as well as increasing their own birding skills. Participants receive instruction and practice in these citizen science programs, along with encouragement to continue to be involved on their own. These will include the annual Butler County Christmas Bird Count on December 19 and the Great Backyard Bird Count February 12-15, 2016. Various events are open to teachers, non-formal educators, group leaders and individuals. Additional details and registration for the events will be available on DCNR’s Calendar of Events at DCNR, by e-mailing Jennings, or calling 724-794-6011.

   

           

           

       

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