Outdoor education experience brings studies to life - May 6 2015

Youth Grant supports Camp Anokijig field trip for Carl Traeger students

OSHKOSH, WI -- Each fall for the past several years, a Carl Traeger Middle School students have had an out-of-classroom experience that has given them the opportunity to think outside of the box about science and the outdoors.

Funded in part by a 2015 Youth Program Grant, the Outdoor Education Experience at Camp Anokijig near Plymouth brings to life what students are learning in the classroom about renewable energy.

The day-long field trip provides students an introduction to solar and wind energy. Located on a lake in the heart of the Kettle Moraine forest sets the stage for experiential learning, says Scott Mabie, Director of Outdoor Education for Camp Anokijig.

"We want to show (students) that ... it's really simple, the idea of capturing energy and doing something with it," Mabie says.

Traeger students worked together to build a solar oven using photovoltaics, which is a method of converting solar energy into direct current electricity. The project built upon classroom curriculum, as well as served to create awareness about future possibilities for alternative energies.

"Often, in the classroom, you're limited. We have a lab on site that we can turn into a workshop ... plus being in the outdoors, located on water with good wind, it's perfect for this," says Mabie.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded $66,754 in grants in spring 2015 to local nonprofits that offer year-round and summer opportunities to benefit youth. Agencies submitted a total of more than $207,064 in requests for.

2014 Youth Grants
With support from the Hiwela Youth Fund, Oshkosh Youth Fund, the Henry H. and Patricia W. Kimberly Family Fund for Youth and Turner Youth and Children Fund, the following organizations received a total $32,010 in grants for programs and projects benefitting children in Winnebago County:

Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha
Site-based Mentoring - Children will receive one-on-one mentoring during school lunch or after school.

Boys' & Girls' Brigade Association
Character Development and Leadership Training - Children in grades six through 12 will participate in a 22-week-long program that educates, empowers and promotes personal growth.

Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh
Keystone Club Conference 2014 - Teens will attend the National Youth Keystone Conference, a character and leadership program.

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services
Teen F.I.L.T.E.R. Day Camps - Teens will participate in the "Factoring in Love, Time, Energy & Relationships" project to build self-esteem and understanding of healthy relationships.

Friends of Camp Anokijig
Outdoor Education Experience - Students gain a better understanding of the environment through hands-on experiences and learn life-long skills, healthy leisure activities, teamwork and responsibility.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Building Future Leaders - Financial aid will be provided for girls to participate in Scouting programs.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. - Fox Cities and Oshkosh
Economics for Success - Eighth-grade students in Oshkosh public schools will participate in a series of learning experiences that build a foundation of successful economic life skills.

Oshkosh Chamber Foundation
Youth Leadership Oshkosh - Twenty-four Oshkosh high school juniors will participate in an eight-day experience to learn about the community and get involved as young leaders.

Oshkosh Community YMCA
Teen Adventure Program - Low-income teens will experience a variety of activities designed to build life skills.

Paine Art Center and Gardens
Nature Learning Area - An interactive pathway with activity tables will provide children with a more meaningful natural experience as they traverse the Gardens to the children's field station.

Rawhide Inc.
Adventure Camp - Boys ages 13 to 18 will participate in a week-long wilderness program that provides educational and personal growth opportunities, skills development and therapeutic counseling.

School District of Omro
Middle School Outdoor Environmental Education - Two-night camping experience for sixth graders brings environmental studies to life and provides recreational learning opportunities.

Winnebago Audubon Society
Birds in the Air, Everywhere - Environmental educator Randy Korb will educate children about birds, including habits, identification, migration and more, during visits to 16 elementary schools.

Winnebago County Fair Association
Winnebago County 4-H Goat Pen Project - Newly constructed pens for use at the Winnebago County Fair will replace unsafe, worn out hog pens that were repurposed for showing goats in the past.

Youth Go
Empower Youth Program - At-risk youth will participate in activities that provide opportunities to learn about the community, give back to their neighbors and develop leadership skills.

2014 Hiwela Youth Campership Grants
Supported by the Hiwela Youth Fund, the following organizations received a total of $34,744 in grants for camperships for residents of Winnebago County:

4-H Clubs for Winnebago County 4-H Summer Camp Program
Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha for community-based mentoring at Camp Onaway
Boys' & Girls' Brigade Association for Camp Onaway scholarship assistance
Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh for camping scholarships
Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin Inc. for residential Camp Sandy Wheels
Easter Seals Wisconsin for camp Wawbeek camperships
Friends of Camp Anokijig for camperships for needy children
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes for summer Camp Adventures
Lourdes Academy of Oshkosh for Trees for Tomorrow trip
Oshkosh Community YMCA for Camp Winni-Y-Co
Wisconsin Badger Camp for campership Program

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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