Zalesky Classroom Conservation Grant

 For Elementary School Teachers

Through a generous gift from Phil and Laura Zalesky, Pilchuck Audubon Society is able to recognize and reward innovative educators at the elementary level. The goal of this award is to promote classroom conservation projects which instill in elementary students a sense of need to conserve and protect our natural resources. This will be achieved by supplementing Snohomish County elementary classroom teachers with funds for materials or activities for conservation projects.

Multiple awards of $400 will be made annually to selected Snohomish County public and/or private school teachers for conservation and science-related learning activities and/or materials (not salaries) that enhance and enrich a classroom program. The final product must involve all students in the classroom and demonstrate achievable and relevant wildlife and conservation goals.


 
Watch this space for news of the 2018 award applications.
 


2016 Classroom Conservation Awards
 
Nine Classroom Conservation Awards were given to elementary school teachers in 2016 to fund conservation projects in their classrooms. Each recipient received $400 to help fund their project. Pilchuck Audubon is having a positive impact on students throughout Snohomish County by providing support for the following teachers and projects.
 
Recipients of the 2016 awards:
 
1.    Julie Purdy - 1st grade classes at Sultan Elementary School, Sultan School District. Students will learn about birds by doing research, writing reports, hatching eggs, and participating in a Sarvey Wildlife Center education program.
 
2.    Andrew Fritz - 5th grade classes at Glenwood Elementary School, Lake Stevens School District. Students will learn conservation skills, identification of birds, plant life, invertebrates and marine mammals by participating in a pelagic field trip in the San Juan Islands, accompanied by a geologist and an ornithology expert.
 
3.    Candy Kinkead - kindergarten class at Mount Pilchuck Elementary School, Lake Stevens School District. Students will learn about the stages of the life cycle of a caterpillar to butterfly.
 
4.    Kymm Faubus - 5th grade classes at Glenwood Elementary School, Lake Stevens School District. Students will learn conservation skills, identification of birds, plant life, invertebrates and marine mammals by participating in a pelagic field trip in the San Juan Islands, accompanied by a geologist and an ornithology expert.
 
5.    Debra Rose Howell - 4th through 6th grade class at Monte Cristo Elementary School, Granite Falls School District. Students will learn about the marine ecosystem by taking a field trip to Deception Pass State Park and working with Beach Walkers and a park ranger.
 
6.    Keshia Harvey, Melissa Mawet, Dennise Minaker, and Sandy Basse - 2nd grade classes at Columbia Elementary School, Mukilteo School District. Students will learn about local wildlife and plant life around their school from a Park Ranger.
 
7.    Becky Bruscas - 2nd grade students at Lakewood Elementary School, Lakewood School District. Students will learn about the importance of preserving and protecting their outdoor environment by observing habitats, researching native plants and animals, and studying the inner-relationships between plants and animals. They will then plan and implement a community garden at their school.
 
8.    Tanya Christian and Phyllis Tubbs - 1st grade classes at Gold Bar Elementary School, Sultan School District. Students will learn about birds by taking field trips to Camp Huston where they will spend time in the forest identifying birds and learning to use new binoculars, bird books, and bird identification charts.
 
9.    Teresa Townsell - 2nd grade class at View Ridge Elementary School, Everett School District. Students will learn about how their home fits into their community, country and continent by studying biodiversity and the interconnectedness of our oceans and continents.
 
 
 
For more information on the program please e-mail classroom.awards@pilchuckaudubon.org