Zakiya Jackson, a teacher at Bunche Preparatory Academy, received a $900 sponsorship to attend the Hog Island Audubon Camp “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week,” July 17-22. The educational camp is located in Hog Island, Maine.
Jackson will enjoy a week-long summer program exploring practical approaches and ways to add inspiration to teaching and learning. Jackson will also participate in workshops using techniques in art, music, theater, journaling, and other disciplines, as well as indulge in classic Audubon Camp field trips, including a boat trip to the restored Atlantic Puffin and Tern colony on Eastern Egg Rock, intertidal explorations, and hiking through Hog Island’s unspoiled spruce-fir forest.
The summer program provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning outside in a beautiful setting, while also allowing participants to take back some insights and methods to utilize within their own curriculum.
“I am humbly grateful to have received this sponsorship from the Audubon Society, said Jackson. “Each open door of opportunity for me means greater educational advancement for the students that I reach daily. The fields of science, technology, engineering, math (including fields of environmental education, outdoor education, conservation, forestry and natural resources) are career paths that more of our students need to consider. Ethnic and gender diversity in these fields are of national concern. The sustainability of these career paths means that we as educators have to expose students to what is available to them at earlier ages. I look forward to learning about how I can more effectively incorporate activities into our curriculum that will inspire our students’ minds.”
To learn more about Hog Island Audubon Camp programs, visit http://hogisland.audubon.org/programs.