The study and enjoyment of nature provides immeasurable benefits

The study and enjoyment of nature provides immeasurable benefit to mental and physical well-being. Additionally, fostering a sense of respect, appreciation, and responsibility for the environment is the only way to create a strong base of environmentalists on which the future of conservation depends. For these reasons, one of WCAS’s chief initiatives is connecting people with nature through effective outreach and education. WCAS has conducted numerous education and outreach programs, and has funded many other education programs through the Holden Grant program and the Birdathon fundraiser.

The following are just a few of the ways that WCAS promotes environmental awareness and education:

  • Awarding the WCAS Hog Island Scholarships to environmental educators
  • Funding environmental education and outreach initiatives through the Holden Grant program
  • Organizing adult birding workshops
  • Providing binoculars and field guides to high school birding clubs
  • Promoting Audubon Adventures materials to local schools to enrich science curricula
Students equipped with binoculars and field guides purchased with a WCAS Holden grant.
Photo by William Lewis, NEST! (Nurture Environmental Stewardship Today!)