DASD elementary school teachers awarded Prairie Conservation Education grants

Prairie Conservation Education grants

Prairie Conservation Education grants

Julie Harrier with her Morrisonville Elementary School students. 




Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 9:45 am
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Updated: 9:47 am, Fri Mar 7, 2014.


DASD elementary school teachers awarded Prairie Conservation Education grants


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The Madison Audubon Society has announced that two DeForest area teachers are the most recent recipients of is Prairie Conservation Education Grants.  This program supports innovative conservation education efforts in area schools. 


Amy Williams, a first/second grade teacher at Eagle Point Elementary School, teamed up with Matt Giovanni, a wildlife biologist and the founding director of the American Kestrel Partnership, to design a project for her classroom. With this grant, students will learn about local birds and plant a sunflower garden to attract birds to DeForest. They will also build, mount, and monitor kestrel-nesting boxes to put up in the surrounding area. 

In the spring, students will also take a field trip to Goose Pond Sanctuary to explore habitat, prairies, and wildlife. Through this project, students will learn much about bird conservation and the importance of citizen science.

Julie Harrier, a first/second grade teacher at Morrisonville Elementary School, also received a grant. She hopes students will gain an understanding of grassland habitats and the need for habitat restoration. With the funding, all the students at the school will be taking a field trip this spring to Goose Pond Sanctuary to learn about wetlands and prairie habitats and prairie restoration. This grant allows the school to purchase binoculars and nature notebooks so students can record their observations. In the fall, students will take another trip to Goose Pond Sanctuary to gather prairie seeds. Once gathered, students will use these seeds to reseed and restore the original prairie habitat of the DeForest School District’s Big Hill Environmental Learning Center.

This year, the Prairie Conservation and Education grants are primarily focused on schools located near Faville Grove and Goose Pond sanctuaries. After this pilot year, Madison Audubon Society hopes to expand the Prairie Conservation Education Grants program to include more school districts. 

This program is supported by a grant from the Sixteenth Section Fund. Madison Audubon Society is dedicated to conservation education, environmental advocacy, and habitat protection. For more information, contact Brianna Duran, Conservation Education Coordinator: blduran@madisonaudubon.org, 608-255-2473.

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