Resources for Educators

$250 Mini-Grants

Our mini-grants provide support to Champaign County educators who want to bring environmental education to their students. 

Deadline: Feb 2, 2018

Application: PDF form or Word

Send to:

  • e-mail 

    —or— 

  • Mail:
    CCAS Mini-Grant c/o Pam Leiter
    2573 S Homer Lake Rd
    Homer, IL 61849
    217.896.2455

Grants are available to educators within Champaign County only. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Audubon Education Committee. The final choices will be made by the Champaign County Audubon Board of Directors. Only one grant will be awarded to any educator.

Some suggestions are: classroom equipment, books, guest speakers, outdoor learning areas & gardens, field trip costs, professional development, etc. Be creative!

Sponsors Needed!
Generous donations to our Education Fund allow CCAS to provide support for local classrooms each year. If you would like to donate toward the fund, please send a check made out to CCAS to PO Box 882, Urbana, IL 61803-0882. On the memo line, please write ‘Education Fund.’

Audubon Adventures Classroom Kits - FREE!

2017-18 Theme: “Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees”

Teachers: request a FREE kit by Sept 15, 2017

Audubon Adventures is an educational kit for 3rd-5th grade classrooms, developed by the National Audubon Society. 

CCAS sponsors a limited number of these kits each fall for Champaign County teachers. If you would like to request a kit, please contact Pam Leiter, CCAS Education Chair or call (217) 896-2455. Please include: teacher name(s), school name & address, email addresses, and grade(s) taught.

The kit includes both printed student resources and online content for three new learning modules along the 2017-18 Theme: “Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees”

  • Native Plants
    Main Lesson: Students will learn why plants are considered the foundation of life on planet Earth. Through the process of photosynthesis, plants absorb the sun’s energy, which is passed on to animals when they eat the plants. Every creature—large or small, terrestrial or aquatic—requires plant life to grow and thrive.
  • Bird Migration
    Main Lesson: Students will learn how migratory birds require healthy habitat in both their breeding range and their winter range. These birds also depend on sites in between, where they can pause to feed and rest. This lesson stresses that conservation of these sites is not only beneficial to birds, but to other species, including people.
  • Insect Pollinators
    Main Lesson: Students will learn about the physical and behavioral characteristics of native bees, bees’ critical partnership with flowering plants, what that partnership means to people, and why bees are important to healthy environments. They will learn where native bees nest, how flowers are pollinated, and how to improve bee habitat locally.

The kit also includes:

  • Online components for students.
  • Online components for teachers, including correlations to learning standards, background information, assessment tools, and more.

Plus…

  • Subscription to Audubon Adventures eNewsletter (online)
  • Subscription to Audubon magazine (delivered to the school address)

Sponsors Needed!
Generous donations from our members to our Education Fund allow CCAS to support environmental education in local classrooms each year. If you would like to sponsor an Audubon Adventures kit for one or more classrooms, please send a check made out to CCAS to PO Box 882, Urbana, IL 61803-0882. On the memo line, write ‘Education Fund.’ A donation of $50 covers one kit.

Loan Kits

Bird Adaptation Loan Kit

Enhance your lessons on bird adaptations by exploring the types of beaks, eggs and feet that help birds survive! This kit includes replicas of bird skulls, eggs and tracks, as well as hands-on activities, and is appropriate for grades K-12.

To Reserve the Loan Kit:
Contact Pam or call  (217) 896-2455.

Loan box can be reserved for 2 weeks.

It is housed at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Special arrangements can be made if you cannot pick it up at that location.

Detailed List of Contents: 
Binder: 

  • Background info about bird adaptations
  • 6 Activities and their supplemental materials

Skull replicas: 

  • Domestic Duck
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Cardinal
  • Hummingbird

Feet replicas: 

  • Wood Duck
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Pheasant
  • Blue Jay

Egg replicas: 

  • Mallard Duck
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Cardinal
  • Hummingbird

Clay Egg Shapes

Purple Martin Audio-Visual Loan Materials

Curious about Purple Martins? This book, DVD and more will help your group learn more about them!

Book

  • What You Should Know About the Purple Martin 
    by J.L. Wade

CD

  • Purple Martin Morning Vocalizations
    Produced by
     Nature House Inc.

DVD

  • The Purple Martin Carol
    Produced by Arcand Video

Cassettes

  • Purple Martin Dawn Song For Attracting Martins
    Produced by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
  • Purple Martins
    Produced byThree Coast Emporium
  • Sounds of Purple Martins
    Produced by Dr. J.W. Hardy, Florida State Museum

To Reserve These Materials:
Contact Pam or call (217) 896-2455.

You can reserve any of the above materials for up to two weeks.

Items are located at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Special arrangements can be made if you cannot pick them up at that location.

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