Chapter Projects

Nature Day   PCAS helps sponsor this annual fall event, which gathers dozens of resource experts so that they can present interactive displays and activities to Payne County families.  It is a day that the public can come, free of charge, to learn about and experience many natural phenomena in a relaxed, enjoyable, and beautiful setting.  Again, the objective of this event is to help instill a sense of stewardship toward the earth.

Nature Workshops and Camps  
    Each year PCAS sponsor a Summer Nature Camp.   This camp runs for 5 consecutive mornings for children going into 1st through 6th grade.  The enrollment limit is between 30 and 35 children.  Most years, scholarships are awarded to two individuals.  Every morning focuses on a different theme (e.g., Monday-Animal Day; Tuesday-Plant Day; Wednesday-Water Day; Thursday-Eco-Activity Day; Friday-Friendly Finale).  On the last day, the families of each camper are invitied to a picnic where all can see some of the activities and crafts that the kids have been involved with during the week.  The camp has 6 senior counselors, all of whom have strong backgrounds in environmental science and/or environmental education.  Six junior counselors (campers who are too old for camp yet want to continue their camp experience and are wonderful with younger children) also contribute significantly during the week.  This week is loads of fun!  Contact PCAS president Jerry Wilhm, 372-6321, for more information about these great activities.

Feathers  Feathers, the newsletter of PCAS, is published four times a year.   Members read about chapter activities as well as recent bird sightings.  A 2-page insert, Pinfeathers, targets children in the 3rd through 5th grade.  Its objective is to present different natural resource topics in a way that is informative, fun, and thought-provoking for children.

Scholarships  Each year PCAS awards 2 research scholarships, in the range of $200 – 300, to support students doing field research on native plants and animals.   Special consideration is given to projects concerning the behavior, conservation, or natural history of birds.  Students at both the secondary school and collegiate level are eligible.  The deadline for applications is usually January 31.   Contact Jim Ownby, chairman of the Scholarship Committee, for additional information.