Education

EDUCATION AND APPALACHIAN AUDUBON

Education is an important part of our mission, and takes place through our free and open-to-the-public monthly community programs and field trips, the Kingfisher Courier (member newsletter), our website, outreach events, special projects and our Scholarships Program. We offer youth and adult scholarships as part of our mission to support the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems through an educational, scientific and passive recreational focus on birds, other wildlife and their habitats.

Our scholarship funds are supported by member donations, the annual Native Plant and Bird-seed Sales, and Silent Auctions held at the annual banquet meeting in May and December holiday social. We offer some scholarships independently, some “in partnership” with other organizations. Some scholarships are full; some are partial; most are for youth, although we do offer one for adult Educators. In addition, we welcome inquiries and suggestions from our members and members of the public in our chapter territory about financial support for attendance at other youth and adult camps consistent with our mission. Contact AAS Education Chair Karen Atwood to ask/suggest:  atwoodphoto1@verizon.net .

OUR SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

A. Hog Island (Maine) Audubon Camp Scholarships

Hog Island, situated in the upper reaches of beautiful Muscongus Bay on mid-coast Maine, is a renowned base for natural-history education, birding and for the Seabird Restoration Program. AAS continues its tradition of offering Hog Island Teen Camp scholarships in 2017, below (with one new one, for 2017!). We also invite inquiries about monetary support for attending Hog Island’s Family Camp (ages 8 to 13, accompanied by an adult relative), and Sharing Nature: An Educators’ Camp (for teachers, Scout and other youth leaders). Please visit http://.hogisland.audubon.org/programs for more info on Hog Island and its camps. Contact AAS Education Chair about AAS scholarships. (Hog Island also offers some.) To apply for our Hog Island teen camp scholarships, see below:

Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens II$1,295 Scholarship.
Seabird conservation research in action! Designed for girls and boys ages 14 to 17, this camp coincides with adult Field Ornithology camp and includes shared experiences with that camp’s experts. The intensive 6-day, 5-night program on Hog Island (mid-coast Maine) allows enthusiastic young birders to work with some of the country’s best-known birders and ornithologists on field identification, bird ecology, conservation and observe seabird restoration in action. This camp is the only Hog Island program that lands participants on Eastern Egg Rock during Atlantic Puffin breeding season. The dates for our scholarship run Sunday, June 18 – Friday, June 23, 2017. To apply: Application

Scholarship covers all fees, lodging, meals, instruction and in-camp boat trips; does not include transportation to/from camp session. ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW. Deadline:  Saturday, January 28, 2017. Please note: we require at least one letter of reference.

Marine Natural History for Teens$1,195 Scholarship (new for 2017).
Explore the marine ecosystem of Maine! Designed for girls and boys ages 14 to 17, the camp coincides with adult Raptor Rapture camp and includes shared experiences with that camp and its raptor biologists. Hog Island’s location provides a unique location for exploring the rocky Maine coastline and learning about the marine environment during this intensive 6-day, 5-night program. Hands-on field experiences (seining, crab census, tide-pool observations, plankton tows and more) add to your high-school education and help prepare you for college and beyond. This camp runs Sunday, July 9 -- Friday, July 14, 2017. To apply: Application

Scholarship covers all fees, lodging, meals, instruction and in-camp boat trips; does not include transportation to/from camp session. ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW. Deadline:  Saturday, January 28, 2017. Please note:  we require at least one letter of reference.

B. Wildwood Park (in Dauphin County, PA) Day-Camp Scholarships

C. Wildlife Leadership Academy Summer Outdoor Field-School Opportunity, Girls and Boys Ages 14-17:   To be announced

D.  Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute – For rising 8th and 9th-grade students. To be announced.  http://goddardleadership.org/

E.  Unknown! – Send us YOUR youth and adult camp ideas (consistent with our mission) for consideration!

Some of our education scholarships note that first consideration will go to chapter members and to residents of our "chapter territory". Please note that Appalachian Audubon's chapter territory (per National Audubon Society) officially includes residents of the following zip codes:
17001, 17007, 17011, 17013, 17015, 17018, 17019, 17020, 17022, 17023, 17025, 17027, 17032, 17034, 17036, 17043, 17050, 17053, 17055, 17057, 17061, 17065, 17068, 17069, 17070, 17072, 17074, 17081, 17090, 17093, 17101, 17102, 17103, 17104, 17105, 17106, 17107, 17108, 17109, 17110, 17111, 17112, 17113, 17120, 17121, 17122, 17123, 17124, 17125, 17126, 17127, 17128, 17319, 17323, 17339, 17358, 17502, 17550, 17570.