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Audubon Adventures | Mini-Grants | Bird Adaptation Loan Kit |
Purple Martin A/V Loan Materials

 

$250 Mini-grants - Applications Due Feb 3, 2017
Our mini-grants provide help to Champaign County educators bringing environmental education to their students. Some suggestions are: classroom equipment, books, guest speakers, outdoor learning areas, field trip costs, professional development, etc. Be creative!

Application: PDF form or Word

Send to:

  • e-mail

    ---or---


  • Mail:
    CCAS Mini-Grant c/o Pam Leiter
    2573 S Homer Lake Rd
    Homer, IL 61849
    217.896.2455

Grants are available to educators within Champaign County only. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Audubon Education Committee. The final choices will be made by the Champaign County Audubon Board of Directors. Only one grant will be awarded to any educator.

Sponsors Needed!
Generous donations to our Education Fund allow CCAS to provide support for local classrooms each year. If you would like to donate toward the fund, please send a check made out to CCAS to PO Box 882, Urbana, IL 61803-0882. On the memo line, please write 'Education Fund.'

Audubon Adventures 2016-2017:
"Go Wild for Birds!"


Teachers: apply for a FREE kit by Sept 13, 2016
CCAS sponsors a limited number of these kits each year for Champaign County teachers. If you would like to request a kit, please contact Pam Leiter, CCAS Education Chair or call 217-896-2455. Please include: teacher name(s), school name & address, email addresses, grade(s) taught, and whether you prefer digital or print student newspapers.

Audubon Adventures is an educational kit for 3rd-5th grade classrooms, developed by the National Audubon Society. 

The kit includes both printed student resources and online content for three new learning modules:

  • “Owl Prowl”
    In this module, students people are introduced to the mysterious and endearing world of owls.
  • “Waterbirds”
    Students will learn about the physical and behavioral characteristics that help waterbirds survive in water habitats.
  • “Wild About Birds”
    Students will explore the astounding diversity of birds, and are introduced to John James Audubon.

The kit also includes:

  • Online components for students.
  • Online components for teachers, including correlations to learning standards, background information, assessment tools, and more.

Plus…

  • Subscription to Audubon Adventures eNewsletter (online)
  • Subscription to Audubon magazine (delivered to the school address)


Sponsors Needed!
Generous donations from our members to our Education Fund allow CCAS to support environmental education in local classrooms each year. If you would like to sponsor an Audubon Adventures kit for one or more classrooms, please send a check made out to CCAS to PO Box 882, Urbana, IL 61803-0882. On the memo line, write 'Education Fund.' A donation of $50 covers one kit.

 

Bird Adaptation Loan Kit
Enhance your lessons on bird adaptations by exploring the types of beaks, eggs and feet that help birds survive! This kit includes replicas of bird skulls, eggs and tracks, as well as hands-on activities, and is appropriate for grades K-12.

To reserve the loan box contact Pam or call 217-896-2455. Loan box can be reserved for 2 weeks. It is housed at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Special arrangements can sometimes be made if you cannot pick it up at that location.

 

Purple Martin Audio-Visual Loan Materials

Book

  • What You Should Know About the Purple Martin
    by J.L. Wade

CD

  • Purple Martin Morning Vocalizations
    Produced by
    Nature House Inc.

DVD

  • The Purple Martin Carol
    Produced by Arcand Video

Cassettes

  • Purple Martin Dawn Song For Attracting Martins
    Produced by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
  • Purple Martins
    Produced byThree Coast Emporium
  • Sounds of Purple Martins
    Produced by Dr. J.W. Hardy, Florida State Museum

You can reserve any of the above materials for up to two weeks; contact Pam or call 217-896-2455. Items are located at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Special arrangements can sometimes be made if you cannot pick them up at that location.