Scholarships for Ecology
Becoming a steward of the earth isn't a subject commonly taught in school, even as important as it has become. One of the ways the Spirit of Alexandria Foundation has chosen to spread the love of nature and future stewardship of the earth is by providing scholarships for an ecology trip for middle-school aged students. In 2006, when the foundation was started, board members met with director (at that time) Jack Shea of Teton Science Schools, located in Jackson, Wyoming. Impressed with our mission, they offered the foundation 4 scholarships to the 10-day educational adventure program, Teton Xplorations. The program focused on exploring the diverse wildlife and the various landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Area with Teton Science School instructors. The first 4 scholarships were awarded to students at Charyl Stockwell Academy, the school Alexandria attended). In 9 years, 29 students experienced the Tetons and Yellowstone, a place that Alexandria visited twice.
In 2015, a different direction was taken. Due to the ever rising cost of the program (Teton Science Schools no longer provided scholarships to us) and plane tickets, only able to send 2-3 students a year, the foundation and Howell Nature Center created a program that will give 10 students a year to experience an ecology trip.
The Michigan Adventure Trip allows the Spirit of Alexandria the chance to connect more children to the natural world while spending the same amount they spent on 2 students. The inaugural trip in 2015, took 10 students from around the southeast Michigan area to various scenic and educationally important areas throughout lower and upper Michigan. The 5-day exploration starts at the Howell Nature Center one of Alexandria’s Nature Buses with their last destination Mackinac Island before heading home.
The 2nd Annual Michigan Adventure Trip will offer 2 Charyl Stockwell Academy students and 8 additional children the chance to apply. 2016’s trip will be July 10-15 for students in 6th-8th grades. Destinations include Headlands International Dark Sky Park (camping at Wilderness State Park), visit to Mackinac Island (camping at Straits State Park), visit to Tahquamenon Falls and Pictured Rock National Lakeshore (camping the DG Shack), and canoeing Big Island Lake Wilderness area (camping at Townline Lake).
For application information please contact Howell Nature Center.