Audubon Society: Indiana Chapter
Cold Spring School (CSS) is our K-8, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) neighbor to the North. The CSS grounds contain a portion of the Riverdale estate and several acres of riparian lowland forest along Crooked Creek. As an environmental magnet school, CSS incorporates environmental learning opportunities throughout the curriculum from kindergarten to eighth grade.The Environmental Resource Center at CSS is a location from which all IPS schools can have access to books, field guides, equipment, and other resources necessary for exploring a natural environment. The Environmental Resource Center is also a portal for the use of the Cold Spring School natural area and the Nina mason Pulliam EcoLab by other school groups.
Mission: To promote the enjoyment and stewardship of the birds of central Indiana.
From the very beginning, the Amos W. Butler Chapterof the National Audubon Society has been a great partner in the EcoLab project. Through their initial and continuing financial support, thousands of plant plugs and tree and shrub seedlings have been installed by thousands of volunteers, young and old. The membership of the Chapter has also “adopted” the NMP EcoLab as a special project for which they provide many hours of volunteer help annually.
Amos W. Butler Audubon has a long and successful history of championing the cause of birds in central Indiana. They provide lots of field trip and workshop activities for the general public, have monthly slide show programs at the Holliday Park Nature Center, an annual banquet, and other fun and educational programs. They also advocate for bird conservation through donations of funds, expertise, and the strong Audubon name.
Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society offers the Letha’s Youth Outdoors Fund to connect school age kids to the wonders of nature. The Fund provides financial assistance to groups for field trips to nature sites (covers transportation costs and naturalists fees) OR to promote youth initiated projects/activities that connect kids with nature. The simple application is found and can be submitted online at: Letha'’s Youth Outdoors Fund. There is no deadline; response time is generally within two weeks. Payment is made once an invoice is received, and is very prompt. (Exceptions may be discussed if the applying group does not have upfront funds). We are especially interested in assisting groups that reach out to those youth who have the least access to the natural environment, and ones where hands on learning can occur. We do not fund recreational outings. We can supply information about appropriate local sites, and possibly help by providing naturalist leadership for the outing.
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