Waterproof field books allowed for year-round observations for the Starksboro 3/4 class.

Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS), 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 Society 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 $800 per request will be awarded for use in 2019.  Requests for other resources, such as OCAS volunteers’ time or the loan of materials from the OCAS Lending Library, may also be included in the proposals. Otter Creek Audubon Society seeks to assist schools in multiple school districts. Also, proposals that get students into the natural world will be favored. Applicants will be judged based on their response to the following questions:

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

Please distribute the attached application materials widely to your school’s teachers.  Applications are due by Monday, November 5, 2018, and can be sent to cgramsmac@mac.com. Successful grant recipients will likely be contacted by Thursday, December 20, 2018. Grant recipients will also be asked to provide a one to two-page summary, including photos, of their field trip/event after it takes place.

Otter Creek Audubon is continually refining the field trip/event grant application process.  If there are any questions or recommendations about the application process please contact Carol Ramsayer at 802-989-7115 or email cgramsmac@mac.com.   


– Carol Ramsayer