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 approximately 10 students a year to experience an ecology trip. 54 students have been awarded a scholarship to explore the great state of Michigan.
Starting in 2018, there will be 2 Excursion Camps offering campers in grades 7th through 12th an exciting opportunity to challenge themselves and learn new skills in a wilderness setting.
Spirit of Alexandria Dune Discovery - Students entering 7th to 9th Grades, July 15-21, 2018
Campers will love discovering two of Michigan’s hidden gems! Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, voted one of the most beautiful places in America, and South Manitou Island, provides the perfect backdrop for exploration and discovery. Our SOA campers will explore and camp on South Manitou Island, kayak and canoe with friends, and discover these amazing natural gems, while unlocking their inner potential and newfound appreciation for nature.
Spirit of Alexandria Pictured Rocks Kayaking and Backpacking - Students entering 10th to 12th Grades, July 29-August 3, 2018
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is revered around the country for its breathtaking waterfalls, scenic overlooks and colorful cliffs above the crystal-clear waters of Lake Superior. Campers will explore this tucked-away gem by a guided sea kayak trip along the Pictured Rocks shoreline. Next, they’ll experience the area’s beauty by backpacking along the breathtaking backcountry trail system, providing opportunities for campers to challenge themselves and grow together in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring places.
For application information please contact Howell Nature Center.