Each year, Downeast Audubon awards several local students and one educator full scholarships to attend a summer session at various nature camps. The funding for the seven scholarships awarded this year and valued at $11,975, comes from the previous year’s birdathon earnings. Each applicant was asked to write a summary of why they were interested in going to camp and students were required to get a teacher recommendation. After attending camp, they will be encouraged to give an informal presentation to the board of directors about their experiences. The four camps provide valuable opportunities for learning about the area’s natural history and further the Downeast Audubon mission by educating the next generation to respect and care for the environment.
— Calvin Nelson from Blue Hill was awarded a week-long scholarship to attend National Audubon’s Hog Island “Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens” camp in Bremen.
— Debrae Bishop from Sargentville was awarded a week-long scholarship to attend National Audubon’s Hog Island “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” camp in Bremen.
— Emma Snow from Harborside was awarded a two-week scholarship to attend Acadia Institute of Oceanography’s Intermediate Marine Science Camp in Seal Harbor.
— Chloe Sheahan from Sedgwick and Clementine Bannon from Blue Hill were each awarded two-week scholarships to attend Acadia Institute of Oceanography’s Advanced Marine Science Camp in Seal Harbor.
— Skye Howard from Gouldsboro was awarded a five-day scholarship to attend Huntsman Marine Science Center’s “Introduction to Marine Mammals and Seabirds” camp in New Brunswick.
— Cassandra Carter from Trenton was awarded a two-week scholarship to attend College of the Atlantic’s Summer Field Studies “Archipelago” camp in Bar Harbor.