Thursday, Aug 1, 2019 - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019
The Decatur Audubon Society will cover transportation costs for 20 school buses to take field trips to Rock Springs Nature Center or any of the five Macon County Conservation Areas, beginning March 20, 2019 until filled.
This 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. 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 Richie Wolf, Rock Springs Nature Center Manager at 217-423-7708. Educators can browse field trip programs in the new Educator’s Guide.
“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 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 making field trip transportation available to teachers and students.”
This opportunity follows on the heels of the Decatur Audubon Society funding: 30 school buses in 2017, another 20 in partnership with the Macon County Conservation Foundation in spring 2018, and 20 more in fall 2018.