Teacher Summer Workshops in Ecology and Ornithology

The Columbia Audubon Society is accepting applications from mid-Missouri educators to attend a week long summer ecology or ornithology workshop at the National Audubon Society Camp on Hog Island in Maine. Each award covers tuition, room, and board for an intensive multi-day course of field study and instruction in ornithology, ecology, and nature education. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the recipient. (Columbia Public Schools recipient may qualify for a travel reimbursement. Contact CPS Science Department for details.)

Application process and requirements

  1. Scholarship recipient must be a teacher or nature educator working in Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe, or Randolph counties. The program is open to educators who intend to make nature education a part of their curriculum. Preference will be given to classroom teachers, grades K–12.
  2. Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2023. Candidates should complete an online application using this link: https://forms.gle/zWPHuFPjK7heCyoPA
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know of the candidate’s interests, activities, abilities, and potential are required. One of the letters should be from a supervisor or someone in a similar position relative to the applicant. It is very helpful if the letters of recommendation cite specific, relevant activities, accomplishments, or projects in which the applicant was involved, in addition to personal qualifications. Letters of recommendation must be sent by the recommender directly to the scholarship committee chair by email or USPS.
  4. We ask that Scholarship winners write an article for the CAS Spring 2025 newsletter, explaining how the Hog Island experience influenced their teaching during the school year.
  5. Please refer questions to Scholarship Committee Chair:
    Lisa Schenker
    107 Westwood Ave.
    Columbia, MO 65203