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 2014, and Otter Creek Audubon will seek to assist schools in multiple supervisory unions. Proposals that get students into the natural world will be favored. Additionally, applicants will be judged based on their response to the following questions:

 What is the environmental education value of the field trip?
 What are the education outcomes you expect for your students?
 How many students will the trip serve?

Applications are due by January 17, 2014. Completed applications can be sent to Grant recipients will likely be contacted by February 20, 2014. 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/event 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 Carol Ramsayer at 802-989-7115 or email


– Carol Ramsayer