Audubon Adventures | Mini-Grants | Bird Adaptation Loan Kit |
Purple Martin A/V Loan Materials
Audubon Adventures 2017-2018:
"Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees"
Teachers: request a FREE kit by Sept 15, 2017
CCAS sponsors a limited number of these kits each year 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
Audubon Adventures is an educational kit for 3rd-5th grade classrooms, developed by the National Audubon Society.
The kit includes both printed student resources and online content for three new learning modules:
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.
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.
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.
- Subscription to Audubon Adventures eNewsletter (online)
- Subscription to Audubon magazine (delivered to the school address)
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.
$250 Mini-grants - Applications Due Feb 3, 2017
Our mini-grants provide help to Champaign County educators bringing environmental education
to their students. Some suggestions
are: classroom equipment, books, guest speakers, outdoor learning
areas, field trip costs, professional development,
etc. Be creative!
Application: PDF form or Word
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.
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.'
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 box 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 sometimes be made if you cannot pick it up at that location.
Purple Martin Audio-Visual
Dawn Song For Attracting Martins
Produced by Cornell Laboratory
Produced byThree Coast Emporium
of Purple Martins
Produced by Dr. J.W. Hardy, Florida State Museum
You can reserve any of the above materials for up to two weeks; contact Pam or call 217-896-2455. Items are located at the Homer
Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Special arrangements can sometimes be made if you cannot pick them up at that location.