The Peace River Audubon Society is involved in many educational pursuits within Charlotte County:
The Peace River Audubon Society Education Committee is involved in local area environmental education efforts including classroom presentations, programs for youth and adult organizations, guided walks at Audubon Pennington Nature Park, family workshops, and other environmental events. PRAS helps fund book drives of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland, Inc. and children’s camps at CHEC.
PRAS has been awarded a 2020-21 grant from Florida Power & Light under Audubon’s Plants for Birds Initiative to create a children’s activity booklet. With school field trips canceled due to Covid-19, a scientific based Native Plants for Birds Activity Booklet could provide an environmental educational opportunity. Publication and distribution of the booklet to elementary school and homeschool children will provide knowledge of the benefits of native plants and promote native plant habitats in school yards and backyards. Teachers and parents will be encouraged to start native plant gardens with their children. As human populations and development increases, birds are losing native breeding and wintering habitats moreover migrating species are losing their stopping spots where they refuel. Three billion birds have been lost since 1970 (90% from 12 bird families (mostly sparrows, warblers, finches and swallows). The purpose of the booklet is to provide a fun learning experience about how to restore native plant habitats for birds.
For more information please contact our Education Committee chair.
As a founding member of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) we continue to donate and participate in educational programs at their Punta Gorda and Alligator Creek locations. Each year some of the proceeds from our silent auction at our banquet are donated to CHEC.
The Peace River Audubon Society Scholarship for Environmental Studies
The purpose of this award is to encourage students to pursue a degree in environmental studies. Funds may be used for the educational institution’s tuition, books, supplies and equipment, or technical materials. College students with professional goals to pursue science, biology, environmental education, or wildlife conservation will be given preference and are invited to apply for this scholarship. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.