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Audubon Society To Create Environmental Youth Camp

The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society this week received the largest grant in the group’s history. The group, whose mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, will use the grant to educate students about restoration and other environmental skills. KSMU’s Brett Moser reports.

Set to begin in June of 2009, the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society has teamed up with Missouri State University to use the $26,000 grant for a week-long environmental academy.
The camp, to be called the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems or GLADE for short, will consist of fifteen sophomore and junior high school students. The attendees will participate in restoring ecosystems in an effort to bring back certain wildlife species to an area near Bull Shoals Field Station in the Mincy Conservation Area.
Greg Swick is the Executive Director of GLADE. He says the participants will hopefully learn important lessons through the activities at the academy.
Swick says campers will learn about local habitats and will help restore the area’s riverbank to make it inhabitable for certain species of birds.
Lisa Berger, who is on the board of directors for the local Audubon Society, says the organization has high hopes and future plans for the academy.
The one-year grant awarded to the society is one of 41 given to Audubon organizations across the nation. The grant is a product of the Together-Green initiative, which is a national Audubon project with funding from auto manufacturer Toyota.
For KSMU News, I’m Brett Moser.