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For the last dozen or so years, Washington Crossing Audubon Society (WCAS) has provided National Audubon Society's Audubon Adventures, an award-winning environmental education program, free of charge for central New Jersey fourth grade classrooms. Thanks in large part to corporate sponsors WCAS is proud to perform this significant environmental curriculum enrichment program in three urban school districts in Mercer County Ewing Township, Hamilton Township, and the City of Trenton. WCAS would like to acknowledge The Pennington Quality Market, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PSE&G, and Bloomberg Financial Markets (a Corporate Friend) as corporate sponsors, each having made generous contributions to make this program possible for the 2006-2007 school year for approximately 70 classrooms.

Audubon Adventures has been greeted enthusiastically by school administrators, teachers, and especially by the kids, who can take home four issues of an environmental newspaper, and in their classroom see videos and interact with other schoolchildren across the country via the Internet. The current Audubon Adventures resource kit includes a complete teaching resource for teachers and youth leaders working with school children ages 8 to 11, with 32 copies of four different newsletters, and spotlights various nature themes, including spiders, waterbirds, turtles, and dragonflies and damselflies.

Washington Crossing Audubon Society is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society in Central New Jersey, with over 1200 member, and is a non-profit 501(c)3 volunteer environmental group funded by membership contributions and outside donations. WCAS actively seeks to expand environmental education to people of all ages in Central New Jersey, which range from holding monthly program meetings and field trips open to the public, to symposia for local organizations and corporations. Washington Crossing Audubon Society's region encompasses all of Mercer County and parts of Burlington, Hunterdon, and Somerset Counties. For further information about our programs, field trips or environmental education opportunities, visit our website at www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org or contact us at: contact@washingtoncrossingaudubon.org.


More Info on Audubon Adventures...

Adapted from the National Audbon Society's "Chapter Networker"

A TRACK RECORD OF EXCELLENCE THAT TEACHERS TRUST

Audubon Adventures is an exciting project loved by Chapters, teachers, and students for more than 20 years. Used in more than 40 of the 50 states, Audubon Adventures is designed and developed specifically for use by students ages 8 - 11 and classroom teachers spanning grades 3 - 6. In addition, educators in non-formal settings (youth clubs, park districts, after school programs, scouts, and nature centers) are using Audubon Adventures to meet their specific needs.

Environmental education helps teachers to teach principles of science. Ninety-four percent of the teachers who use Audubon Adventures teach general science, 87% use Audubon Adventures to teach respect for living things and 47% use Audubon Adventures to teach scientific research skills.

Plans for 2006-07:

  • Wings and Things - A brand new Classroom Resource Kit will be released this September featuring birds, bees, bats, and John James Audubon himself!
  • Audubon Adventures on CD, enabling Audubon state programs, Centers, and Chapters to access our extensive catalog. Subscribers can obtain the license to publish this content if they so desire.
  • Connecting Audubon Adventures to Audubon at Home and the Great Backyard Bird Count.
  • Developing a more engaging and extensive education Web site for educators around the country and the world.
  • Conducting pilot programs to increase reach and impact, focusing on after-school clubs and new partnerships.

WOW! AMAZING! GREAT JOB!

The following Audubon Societies produced extraordinary results with the Audubon Adventures program in the 2005-06 school year and are applauded. Delaware Audubon (DE), Washington Crossing Audubon (NJ), Coeur D'Alene Audubon (ID), Northwest Arkansas Audubon (AR), Litchfield Hills Audubon (CT), Red Rock Audubon (NV), Alachua Audubon (FL), Wasatch Audubon (UT), Oklawaha Valley Audubon (FL), Mesilla Valley Audubon (NM), Northern Neck Audubon (VA), Greater Ozarks Audubon (MO), and Francis M. Weston (FL).

The staff of Audubon Adventures extends our appreciation to all of our 2005-06 season volunteers. Thank you all for your dedication to furthering Audubon's mission by delivering Audubon Adventures to children and teachers in your community.

Editor's Note: The WCAS Board thanks Barbara T. Ross, Mark Witmer and Joe Schmeltz for their tireless efforts in achieving this status!
 

 

Suggestions to WCAS If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact either of the following:

Go to Washington Crossing Audubon Society Homepage Go to Conservation Web page Go to Field Trips Web page Go to Bird Checklist Web page Go to Web Links Web page Go to Officers and Board Web page
Last revision: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 9:25 PM