Michele Sullivan, a 5th grade teacher at Mantua Elementary School, has won the 2017 Hog Island, Maine Scholarship for Educator’s Week! The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia annually awards this scholarship to the educator in all of northern Virginia who designs the best plan for bringing conservation education to students outdoors.
This multidisciplinary training includes techniques in art, music, theater, journaling, and other disciplines. Educators will experience a host of classic Audubon Camp field trip adventures, including a boat trip to the restored Atlantic Puffin and Tern colony on Eastern Egg Rock, intertidal explorations, and hiking through Hog Island's unspoiled spruce-fir forest.
As Michele shared, “If we want to encourage kids to engage with nature, to show them that anyone can jump in and learn about the environment and conservation, then educators have to do the same.” One of her plans is to enhance and expand the Bird Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) into a program that is accessible to all K through 6 grade levels.
Michele is looking forward to this hands-on, immersive opportunity to be a camper at Hog Island’s Educator Week! She will learn more about the role of citizen scientists, for both children and adults; create inquiry-based lessons on birds and other topics; and explore a range of low- and high-tech methods for teaching students about nature and conservation
For more information contact Mary McLean, ASNV Youth Education Chair