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.


 
Applications for the 2018 grants are now closed. Watch this space for news of the 2018 awardees and the 2019 award applications.
 


2017 Zalesky Classroom Conservation Grants
 
Twelve Zalesky Classroom Conservation Grants were given to elementary school teachers in 2017 to fund conservation projects in their classrooms. Each recipient received up to $400 to help fund their project. Pilchuck Audubon Society is striving to have a positive impact on students throughout Snohomish County by providing support for the following teachers and projects.
 
Recipients of the 2017 awards:
 
1.    Kim Moritz — 3rd grade classes at Emerson Elementary School, Snohomish School District. Students will make butterfly homes and bird houses for a butterfly and vegetable garden at the school.
 
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.    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.
 
4.    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 and a nature walk.
 
5.    Debra Rose Howell — 4th through 6th grade class at Monte Cristo Elementary School, Granite Falls School District. Students will learn about local bird species, plants and habitat by taking a field trip to Iverson Spit Preserve.
 
6.    Matthew Chaplik — 5th grade students at Cedarhome Elementary School, Stanwood-Camano School District. Students will learn about the life cycle of our local salmon from marine biologists on a field trip to the Stillaguamish Fish Hatchery.
 
7.    Lee Szymborski — 5th grade students at Cedarhome Elementary School, Stanwood-Camano School District. Students will learn about the life cycle of our local salmon from marine biologists on a field trip to the Stillaguamish Fish Hatchery.
 
8.    Cathryn McKinnon and Sarah Oldow — 5th grade students at Utsalady Elementary School, Stanwood-Camano School District. Students will learn about the life cycle of our local salmon from marine biologists on a field trip to the Stillaguamish Fish Hatchery.
 
9.    Phyllis Tubbs, Tanya Christian, and Melissa Jones — 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.
 
10.    MacKenzie Jo Taguay — 4th grade class at Discovery Elementary School, Mukilteo School District. Students will learn about ecosystems, communities and being stewards at home by participating in the IslandWood School Overnight Program.
 
11.    Joanne Burkett — 3rd grade students at Canyon Creek Elementary School, Northshore School District. Students will learn about conservation, water quality, native plants and trees on a field trip to the North Creek Forest.
 
12.    Brad Jernberg — K-8 grade students at Index Elementary School, Index School District. Students will learn about taking care of the Skykomish River and enhance the ecosystem by participating in the Streamkeeper progam at the Adopt A Stream Foundation.
 
 
 
For more information on the program please e-mail classroom.awards@pilchuckaudubon.org