A portion of a thank you card OCAS received from Vergennes Elementary School students.

Otter Creek Audubon, the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society, is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of grants to help finance environmental education projects for Addison County schools. The mission of Otter Creek Audubon is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats by encouraging a culture of conservation within Addison County.  All local efforts are volunteer-run.

Grant funds may be used to help defer the cost of transportation, admission fees, equipment, outside presentations, or other expenses that will improve students understanding of the natural world. Grants of up to a maximum of $1,000 will be awarded for use in 2012, and Otter Creek Audubon will seek to assist schools in multiple supervisory unions.  Proposals that get students into the natural world will be favored.

In 2011 OCAS provided funding for four schools. Vergennes Elementary students attended the paddling ecology program at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Bristol Elementary participated in the Four Winds nature program. Orwell Village School hosted an environmental science day at Camp Sunrise. Shoreham Elementary attended a nearby natural history museum.

Applications are due by January 11, 2012.   Completed applications can be sent to mikekira@myfairpoint.net.  Grant recipients will likely be contacted by February 20, 2012.  Please distribute the attached application materials widely.  Successful applicants will also be asked to provide a one to two page summary of their field trip after it takes place.

Otter Creek Audubon is continually refining the field trips grant application process.  If there are any questions or recommendations about the application process please contact Mike Winslow at 802-877-6586 or email mikekira@myfairpoint.net.

Click here for the application form.

-Mike Winslow