Free Field Trip Transportation from Decatur Audubon
Rock Springs Nature Center
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 - Fri, Jun 30, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, March 3rd Update: All 10 buses have been filled. Decatur Audubon decided to fund an additional 10 buses, and all of those openings are filled as well. We appreciate all of your interest in this opportunity, and are now looking forward to a busy spring field trip season!
The Decatur Audubon Society will cover transportation costs for 10 school buses to take field trips to Rock Springs Nature Center or any of the five Macon County Conservation Areas from now until the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
The grant applies to any school in Macon County, or those serving students living in Macon County. Schools will be awarded free transportation on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one bus per school. Decatur Audubon encourages schools to fill the buses with multiple classrooms or students from multiple grades.
To participate in the program, teachers should inquire about the Audubon Transportation Grant when scheduling their field trip with Richie Wolf, Rock Springs Nature Center Manager at 217-423-7708. Educators can browse field trip programs in the Educator’s Guide.
Schools who visit Rock Springs Nature Center between now and the end of April will also have the opportunity to explore the exhibit Audubon – Not Just for the Birds during their field trip.
“The Decatur Audubon Society feels that getting children out into nature should be a priority of education. Experiences in the out-of-doors benefit children mentally, physically, and spiritually,” says Decatur Audubon Society President, Melody Arnold. “We are aware that transportation costs are often an obstacle for school field trips and we want to make it easier for classes to have a ‘nature’ experience.”
“This generous opportunity continues our efforts from the recent Monarch Mural Challenge to make it easier for schools to access Rock Springs Nature Center and the conservation areas,” says Macon County Conservation District Executive Director, Paul Marien. “We’re thrilled the Decatur Audubon Society is partnering with us to make field trip transportation available to teachers and students this spring.”