The Decatur Audubon Society is covering bus transportation costs for 20 school buses to take field trips to Rock Springs Nature Center or any of the five Macon County Conservation Areas this year.
This grant applies to any school in Macon County, or those serving students living in Macon County. Schools will be awarded to have all of their transportation costs covered on a first-come, first-served basis. Schools are encouraged 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 Alysia Callison, Rock Springs Nature Center Manager at 217-423-7708. Browse field trip opportunities here.
“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.”
“We are grateful for this generous opportunity for local youth,” says Nature Center Manager, Alysia Callison. “Getting outside and learning about the world around us is so important. We are excited to provide that to even more Macon County students thanks to these grants.”
With the addition of this generous opportunity, the Decatur Audubon Society will have funded 80 school buses to Macon County Conservation District sites since in 2017.