CCF Brings Audubon Naturalists to Third Grade
Educational outreach and fostering environmentalism in the young is a part of the CCF mission. In the past CCF has provided scholarships for students to attend summer environmental programs or camps and recently offered a course through Carlisleís Recreation Commission using wild animals from Drumlin Farmís rescue program and Conant Land for experiential learning. At a retreat two years ago, CCF decided to focus on collaborating with the Carlisle Public Schools to promote conservation education.
This summer, CCF funded a professional development day for the third grade teachers. Two teacher naturalists from Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm came to the school and dis-cussed both curriculum and teacher development around some of the Science topics included in the state frameworks for third graders. The teachers were enthusiastic about having CCF fund additional days where the Drumlin Farm teachers would work with each third grade section both in the classroom and in the field. This October a Mass Audubon naturalist returned to spend the first of three days with Carlisle students. We are excited by the collaboration with the third grade and hope to expand it to other grades.