Wednesday, January 9, 2019

EDUCATION COMMITTEE UPDATE

Back Row - left to right.  Judy Neuhauser, Kaaren Perry, Sue Barton, Freddy Howell, Vicky Johnsen, Front row: Karen Beckman, Ann Little, Marcia Lamkin, Blythe Wilde, Fianna Wilde.  Absent - Jackie Knowlton
MCAS Education Committee Activities
Update and Review

The Education Committee remained busy into mid-December. Two training sessions were conducted for Learning Among the Oaks youth ambassadors. The first was held at Creston Elementary School in Creston and the second at Vineyard Elementary School in Templeton. San Benito Elementary School children in Atascadero were presented with our program in December.

January began with a presentation to Alder House Assisted Living facility in Arroyo Grande. All reports were that our program, hands-on materials, and opportunity to learn and share was greatly appreciated by the residents.

Plans are underway for our presentations and bird walks at Monarch Grove Elementary in Los Osos for late January. In early February, six third-grade classes will receive our classroom presentations at Vineyard Elementary School in Templeton, with follow-up bird walks to be scheduled for Spring. More schools are currently being scheduled.

Several of the Education Committee members are currently planning, and will be assisting with, the Family Day for the 2019 Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival.

Report of activities and volunteer educator involvement, compiled for submission to National Audubon for the fiscal year May 2, 2017 to April 30 2018, has been completed and ready for review.

During that period:
   498 hours donated for youth environmental education and
                    outreach by MCAS ed. volunteers.
 1,318 children and adults were reached with our programs.
    45 classrooms were presented with programs and walks.
Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Learning Among the Oaks training programs, Summer Camps, and Family Day Activities were also part of our outreach.

I want to once again express my gratitude for the continued efforts of our wonderful MCAS team of educators.

Kaaren Perry
Education Chair