Youth Education: Looking Back and Ahead
Eastside Audubon's Youth Education Committee brought the fascination of birding to more than 1,000 children in 2014.
By Mary Britton-Simmons
Month by month the numbers added up and by December totaled 1,025 and 536.
That’s right: in 2014 the Youth Education Committee worked with 1,025 young people and 536 adults — a busy year for the 12 members of the YEC.
We began the year with booths at science fairs at two elementary schools in Issaquah and ended 2014 with a presentation on bird identification for the environmental club at Tyee Middle School in Bellevue.
And in between? We traveled the Eastside working in classrooms like Bothell’s Lockwood Elementary, where Shirlee and Jim Hall gave a presentation on Juanita Bay and then took second graders to the bay to make their own discoveries in its rich environment.
Photo: Youth Education Committee Members (from left) Jill Keeney, Mary Britton-Simmons, Shirlee Hall, and Jim Hall. Photo by Mick Thompson.
In the Community
We hosted booths from St. Edwards Park to Molbak’s and Brightwater Environmental Center.
Led by EAS’s dedicated trip leaders, we sponsored five family birding walks, each at a different park.
Dedicated to serving low-income students, we spent a day at Imagine Housing Summer Camp, gave scholarships to five students to attend Ground to Sound STEM Challenge Summer Camp, and awarded grants to teachers from schools with significant low-income populations.
And this is just a peek at our busy year!
Join Us in 2015
For next year? Ever conscious of our vision, we look forward to another year of serving the youth in Eastside communities, their teachers, and their families.
We invite you to join us in making our vision a reality: The Youth Education Committee envisions a world where children are inspired to connect to nature and especially to birds so that they become lifelong stewards of the environment.