New York Students Explore the “Nature of Learning”
Elementary students in rural western New York will once again participate in outdoor education programs at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Nature of Learning Grant and a partnership with Buffalo Audubon Society, Iroquois will be the staging ground for outdoor learning and exploration for hundreds of 3rd and 5th grade students.
This is the second year in a row that Buffalo Audubon was awarded a Nature of Learning Grant to develop this inspiring and beneficial learning experience.
“We want to educate grade-school children about the importance of the Iroquois NWR as a globally important ecosystem, and to excite them about the natural world, ensuring that they will want to protect and preserve it for millennia to come”.
As part of the program eight classes of 3rd and 5th grade students will take part in classroom activities that teach about ecosystems at the refuge, and the importance of the refuge land to migrating and residential waterfowl. All classes will take a field trip to the refuge where students will actively explore and discover nature and natural habitats on refuge land.
Last year the program reached 278 students plus teachers and family members, many of whom learned about and visited the refuge for the very first time (despite being longtime residents of the local area). Iroquois’ involvement with the program directly supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s priority to “Connect People with Nature” and ensure the future of conservation for generations of Americans to come.