by Mollie Wheatley

Molly Wheatley was the 2020 recipient of a CAS Teacher Scholarship. Because of COVID, she attended the Hog Island Audubon Camp in 2022.

I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Hog Island, Maine studying birds. As a teacher, science is one of my favorite topics. My students loved the unit on bird watching! I applied for a CAS Teacher Scholarship to attend the Hog Island camp and was selected. It’s extremely important for teachers to have opportunities like this to learn in the field and bring their knowledge back to their students. My dad is a retired CPS teacher and was able to attend the camp with me. I know the memories we made will last a lifetime and I have the Columbia Audubon Society to thank — as well as Columbia Public Schools. I’m looking forward to sharing my new field ornithology knowledge with my fifth graders to excite them about nature and birding. I hope more teachers in the years to come will receive the same scholarship from CAS and partake in the trip of a lifetime.


November 29 through December 31, 2022