Scholarship Program For Audubon Summer Camps

Published: Mar 25, 2009
New York, NY - 
The Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways To Nature for Kids® initiative and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will enable 200 children to attend camps at Audubon Centers this summer. The $50,000 grant, which represents the third year of funding support for the Audubon program, will make the dream of summer camp a reality for young people in communities across the United States. The recipients of the scholarships will join other campers as they connect with nature and learn more about the environment people share with birds and other wildlife. 

With more than 40 Audubon Centers across the country, Audubon has a long history of providing life-changing experiences in natural settings. From Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in rural Mississippi to the Seward Park Audubon Center in urban Seattle, Audubon Camps shape stewards for a sustainable future. 

"It will fall on the shoulders of our next generation to address the huge environmental problems of today and the new challenges that lie ahead," said Audubon President John Flicker; "It is critical that we narrow the divide between young people and the natural world."

"This generous additional gift comes at a time when the economy is forcing parents to make difficult decisions," said Judy Braus, Audubon's Senior Vice President for Education and Centers. "Thankfully, this funding will help 200 families avoid the choice of not sending their kids to Audubon camp."

Parents, teachers, and caregivers should apply now to give children the opportunity to attend one of these camps. Eligibility is determined by each Audubon Center. For more information about applying, plus general registration, camp programs and scholarships, visit the Audubon website.

Remarks from previous campers:

"Learning about nature is always fun when you have someone else to do it with you. I want to go to this camp because I want to learn about animals, so that I'll be able to love and care for them in the future."

"I learned about many important things on the Audubon trips. A few are habitat and diversity. They taught me how watersheds are everywhere. I learned about diversity too and that it means how everything is different, like people are."

"Audubon camp means making friends, going on adventures and going hiking. I saw different kinds of birds like ravens and a Cooper's Hawk. I played in the Arroyo Seco. I felt happy every minute at camp."

Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard birdfeeding and nature specialty stores with almost 275 locations in the United States and Canada, specializes in bringing people and nature together with their birdfeeding and nature products, their expert advice and educational events. www.wbu.com

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The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

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