Merrymeeting Audubon provides scholarships for chapter area teens to attend Hog Island Audubon Camp and the Hurricane Island Science Center, and for younger students to attend one of two Maine 4H environmental education summer camps. All camps are residential. We provide full and half scholarships to 25-30 students each year. Half scholarships range from $200-300, full scholarships from $595-995.  Because of higher tuition, we currently send only one applicant to Hog Island which is staffed by nationally and internationally recognized conservationists and ornithologists. We would like to send more kids to camp and hope that you may be able to help.  Anything which you can contribute to our scholarship fund will help us bring conservation and nature studies into the lives of young people. What one cherishes as an adult very often began in childhood. We will personally respond to any tax-deductible gifts sent to  Merrymeeting Audubon, c/o Steve Spear, 9 Livernois Drive, Topsham, ME 04086. For more information please call or email a member of the scholarship committee: Steve Spear, Chairperson [email protected] – 353-8863; Beth Bullock [email protected] - 729-9650; Sue Sergeant [email protected] -  442-8195; Ted Allen beanallen[email protected] - 729-8661; Bronda Niese [email protected] – 406-2396.

4H Environmental Education Camps

Applications must submit essays with a completed application form, available below and in chapter area schools beginning in February.

Children in grades 3 through 5.  Children now in grades 3 through 5 may apply for Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, Maine. Tanglewood provides traditional camp activities and environmental education on woods and wildlife. Campers select a six-day session from late June to mid-August. For information call 789-5868.

Students who will be 10-14 by August may apply to Bryant Pond 4H Camp (formerly Maine Conservation School) in Bryant Pond, Maine. Sessions include Natural Explorer, which focuses on outdoor recreation and forest ecology, Conservation Camp for students interested in outdoor recreation skills and outdoor ethics, and Primitive Skills, which focuses on advanced wilderness skills. For information call 729-9650.

Application Deadline: April 8, 2016.  Applications:  2016 Tanglewood App   2016 Bryant Pond App

Hog Island Educator’s Week Scholarship Available for Summer 2016

Merrymeeting Audubon is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for an elementary or middle school teacher:  a scholarship of $550 (half the cost) for Sharing Nature – An Educator’s Week, to be held July 17 – 22, 2016 at the Hog Island National Audubon Camp, Bremen, ME.  You can find more information about this program at http://hogisland.audubon.org/sharing-nature-educator-s-week.  Interested teachers should submit their application by February 20, together with a letter explaining how the experience will contribute to their work with students.  Such contributions might include improved curriculum development, the integration of experiential teaching methods, obtaining updated information regarding climate change, or acquiring new knowledge about specific species and habitats.  Upon completion of the program, the successful applicant will be asked to write a brief description of their experience (or give an oral presentation) to be shared with members of Merrymeeting Audubon and its board.  Applications and letters can be sent by U.S. mail or by email to Steve Spear, 9 Livernois Drive, Topsham, ME 04086 – [email protected]

The application can be accessed here:  2016 Teacher Scholarship application – HI