Orwell Village School Environmental Day

Orwell Village School Environmental Day funded by an OCAS grant

Addison County educators interested in field trips with an environmental education benefit are invited to submit an application for funding to Otter Creek Audubon.  Grant funds may be used to help defer the cost of transportation, 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 2013, 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 2012 OCAS offered funding for five schools. Weybridge, Bridport, and Shoreham Elementary planned trips to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to take advantage of their Paddling Ecology Program. Ferrisburgh Elementary received funding for an outing to the Willowell Foundation property. Orwell Elementary hosted an Environment Day.

Applications are due by January 9, 2013.   For application materials contact Mike Winslow at mikekira@myfairpoint.net.  Grant recipients will likely be contacted by February 18, 2013.  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 (OCAS), the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society. 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.  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.

– Mike Winslow