Programs

A Tour of Highlights

Instead of a tour through one of Talbot County’s magnificent estates for our annual fundraiser this year, we present a tour of Pickering Creek’s highlights of the last year since June 2019:
Programs

A Tour of Highlights

Instead of a tour through one of Talbot County’s magnificent estates for our annual fundraiser this year, we present a tour of Pickering Creek’s highlights of the last year since June 2019:

 -Creating enthusiastic students in 1st through 4th, 6th and 7th grades at Talbot County Public Schools by introducing them to nature’s building blocks and opening their eyes to birds and the places they need so they can better understand the ecology of the region and Chesapeake Bay issues.

-Helping students succeed in tomorrow’s world by emphasizing in each of our programs skills such as questioning, investigating, defining problems, analyzing, reasoning, developing conclusions, and problem solving.

-Fostering innovative teacher-leaders through professional development for each of our curriculums, giving teachers the confidence to take students outdoors for learning experiences that spark students’ engagement in science.

-Systemically engaging teachers and over 1,100 6th grade students in investigative outdoor experiences, student-driven stewardship action projects, and finding community level solutions to address issues facing the Bay and Atlantic Flyway through Audubon Chesapeake Exploration.

-Deeply connecting over 200 campers with the wetlands, forest and fields of Pickering Creek during 2019 Summer EcoCamp.

-Training six early career conservationists ready to enter the workforce as leaders.

-Connecting Caroline County Public School ninth grade students with birds, habitat and the Chesapeake Bay through Exploring and Restoring Habitat in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed . Using the Next Generation Science Standards and Audubon science in each of our programs, we are including age-appropriate information about climate change every day, not with gloom and doom, but with hope and empowerment.

-Completing the design of a new Meadow and Wildflower Trail for hiking and learning about the value of meadow habitat and its role as a carbon sink. It will feature a viewing platform and interpretive signage and will be constructed in 2020.

-Piloting Partnerships for Kids Outdoors, a suite of programs occurring outside the traditional school day to provide access to science and nature to diverse audiences not regularly connected to nature outside of school. 

-In the face of COVID-19, we are producing online content to connect families and adults to nature virtually, including Dreambirds. With four webinars under our belt at the production of this mail piece, 250 households have participated and provided glowing reviews. That equals the attendance of about 18 in-person public programs at Pickering.

-Quickly transitioning our in-person school programming to an online format in cooperation with school systems to help teachers and students complete the lessons about birds, habitat and Chesapeake Bay we initiated with their classrooms in January 2020. Our engaging science materials have been well received and we are regularly communicatiing with supervisors and teachers to assure they receive the most practical materials possible in this new online learning environment.

-We are diligently planning for the ever-changing landscape of the coming summer and fall, preparing for the various methodologies of how we will be sharing experiences with birds, nature and the Chesapeake Bay with our community.

Thank you for helping to make it possible!

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