Middle Schoolers to Win Scholarships for Summer Nature Camp

Middle-school students living in Hancock County who enter the Downeast Audubon (DEA) essay contest will be eligible to win full scholarships worth $500 each for a 6-day, 5-night stay at Tanglewood Camp on the Ducktrap River in a 940-acre forested section of the Camden Hills State Park in Lincolnville. Up to eight scholarships will be awarded to students 10-13 years old.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2013.

To apply:  Interested students, parents, and educators may request an application call DEA Education, 664-4400, or download applications and info from www.downeastaudubon.org. To apply for a stay at camp (July 28-August 2 or August 4-9), students need to fill out an application form and write a short essay of 250-400 words explaining why it is important to protect wild birds. All essays may be sent to Downeast Audubon, PO Box 1212, Ellsworth, Maine 04605. Preference is given to first time contestants. Winners will be announced by May 6.

DEA raised enough money from the 2012 Birdathon to continue the scholarship awards. Tanglewood was founded in 1982 as an environmentally focused, educationally enriching center in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Options for campers include nature study, forest life, gardening and cooking, creative arts, watershed exploration, swimming, hiking, and sustainability study. Taking on the goals of 4-H Earth Connections, the camp includes among its core values the “caring and respect for all life and the wise use of natural resources” and “commitment to create an understanding of ecology and how the earth works.” The camp is also committed to providing healthy, fresh meals.

The Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon is dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Maine. DEA serves all of Hancock County and offers monthly programs and field trips to members and the general public.

Scholarships Available for Hancock County

Downeast Audubon is inviting applications for two scholarship opportunities for week-long residential nature programs at the National Audubon Society’s Hog Island Camp off Maine’s Midcoast. A Hancock County educator will receive a full scholarship (worth $995) to participate in Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week, July 18-23, 2013. Teachers in this program will visit the nearby restored Atlantic Puffin and seabird colony, as well as explore Hog Island’s spruce forest and its intertidal zones while learning about approaches, methods, and activities for engaging both children and adults with nature.

The second full scholarship will go to a Hancock County high school student aged 14-17 (worth $1295) to participate in the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program that runs June 16-21, 2013. This program includes opportunities for teens to learn from experts and observe Audubon’s seabird conservation field research, including going to Eastern Egg Rock to see nesting puffins.

Applications for both scholarships due by March 18.
For more information contact Erich Reed, Downeast Audubon’s Education Coordinator, at [email protected]