The trustees of the Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society in St. Johnsbury recently announced that four Airie Lindsay Scholarship Fund awards will be offered to local schoolchildren to allow them to attend science camp at Maine's Acadia Institute of Oceanography (AIO) in Seal Harbor, during the summer of 2015. The deadline for applications is March 9.
The scholarships support students between the ages of 10 and 15. AIO's Introductory and Intermediate sessions provide hands-on, fun, science-based exploration of the marine environment. In 2015 the NEK Audubon will offer two Introductory and Intermediate places.
The Introductory session is a one-week program designed to emphasize environmental discovery and exploration. The session is offered at the start of the summer exclusively to 10-12 year old students who are curious about the ocean and the world around them. This hands-on program seeks to raise awareness about marine environments and stimulate an interest in the sciences through a variety of fun and engaging activities like: tidal pool discovery, salt marsh exploration, beach and island ecology, boat trips with lobster fishermen, seal and seabird watches, geology hikes, astronomy lessons, night walks, and visits to local museums.
No previous experience is expected. The program is ideal for active learners who would enjoy an educational introduction to the coast of Maine. Daily recreational activities like swimming, scavenger hunts and a variety of games mean that there will also be plenty of time for fun.
The Introductory Program takes place June 21-26.
The Intermediate sessions are designed for students age 12-15. These two-week courses present a solid natural history approach to oceanography and introduce students to basic marine concepts and laboratory procedures. Many students who attend a basic session will return another year for an advanced session once they have completed ninth or 10th grade.
The Intermediate Program takes place June 28 to July 10; or Aug. 9-21.
"For several years we have been awarding scholarships to Northeast Kingdom youth, allowing them to experience science in a stimulating environment that also typically leads to new friendships and an appreciation for nature's challenges, variety and beauty," said Tom Berriman, NEK Audubon chapter president.
The Fund was established in honor of passionate birder and past NEK Audubon president Airie Lindsay, who died in 2008.