Audubon Adventures
Mark Witmer

Washington Crossing Audubon Society (WCAS) is providing National Audubon Society's Audubon Adventures, an award-winning environmental education program, free of charge for central New Jersey fourth grade classrooms. Our chapter has several corporate sponsors to thank for supporting us in this endeavor, and our support for Audubon Adventures has been donated for at least consecutive 13 years. WCAS is proud to perform this significant environmental curriculum enrichment program, and is among the top few chapters of the National Audubon Society in the nation in providing this service. Within Mercer County, three mostly urban school districts are provided with this enrichment program-Ewing Township, Hamilton Township, and the City of Trenton. For the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, the WCAS board of directors would like to thank the Pennington Quality Market, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PSE& G, Janssen Pharmaceutical (a Corporate Friend) and Bloomberg Financial Markets (a Corporate Benefactor), each having made generous contributions to support this program.

Audubon Adventures is greeted enthusiastically by school administrators, teachers, and especially by the children, 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 education kit produced by the National Audubon Society is a complete teaching resource for teachers or youth leaders working with school children ages 8 to 11, and includes 32 copies of four different newsletters, a classroom resource manual, a classroom wall certificate, an environmental wall poster, and free access to Audubon's bird and wildlife information web site and call center. For the most recent year, Audubon Adventures included an all-new Resource Kit, "Back from the Brink," a four-part series that focuses on different North American species: Bald Eagles, American Alligators, Grizzly Bears, and Gray Whales. The recovery of populations of these "all-American" species is a testament to our country's recognition that no organism lives-or dies-in isolation from those with which it shares the resources of our planet.

Washington Crossing Audubon Society is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society in Central New Jersey, with over 1300 members, 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, see our website www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org or contact us at: contact@washingtoncrossingaudubon.org.





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