For immediate release: March 5, 2018

The Indiana Audubon Society is inviting teachers and educators to explore the birds and our natural world through field trips at its premier property, the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, this spring. Reservations are now being taken for their unique STEM based activities on the 700-acre nature preserve.

Teachers wishing to schedule their classroom for a visit can explore birds up close through bird banding, where birds are captured up close and in the hand for close study. Habitat study is done via unmanned drone where students get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscape and can use models to predict bird occurrences throughout the sanctuary. Additionally, interactive wetland programs allow students an immersive experience to the under-water world of the sanctuary. All programs are $1.00 per student and entrance to the sanctuary is free for all field trips.

“Combined with our Indiana for the Birds educational kits for the classroom, the study of our Hoosier birds can be a fun and educational component of any teaching lesson, whether math, English, or science,” said Brad Bumgardner, Executive Director for Indiana Audubon.

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is located outside of Connersville, in Fayette County and offers both indoor and outdoor learning experiences related to birds and other natural resource subjects. Indoor classrooms and eating facilities make the preserve an ideal day long excursion for educators looking for a spring field trip.

To learn more about the Indiana Audubon Society or to schedule a field trip visit them on the web at indianaaudubon.org/events-page/outreach-and-education.

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Media contact: Brad Bumgardner, Executive Director. (219) 928-6905. bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org

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