Birmingham Audubon sets aside a small number of scholarships each year for educators to attend our annual Mountain Workshop, a four-day adult-education camp held each spring in the beautiful uplands of Mentone, Alabama. For complete information about this year’s program, visit the Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop (BAMW) page.
Why should an educator attend BAMW?
For over four decades, Alabama nature-lovers have used the Mountain Workshop to hone their outdoor and naturalist skills, while also making important contacts and lifelong friendships. Although workshop classes are not intended as teaching-methodology courses, participants do receive exceptional training in how to read Alabama’s natural landscapes and natural history.
How does the schedule work for busy educators?
Check-in for the camp is Thursday afternoon, preferably by 5 p.m.; check-out is Sunday at noon. This means that teachers will normally only have to miss a single school day (Friday), minimizing disruption to their professional schedule.
What does the scholarship cover?
BAMW teacher scholarships cover the entire cost of tuition, lodging, and meals while at the workshop. They do not cover transportation to or from the camp.
When is the deadline for applications?
We accept applications on a rolling basis, beginning on the first of March and continuing until a week before the workshop. As such, applicants are encouraged to get their applications submitted early in order to maximize their chances.
What is required of BAMW teacher-scholarship recipients?
All recipients must:
- submit a placeholder check in the amount of $200, payable to Birmingham Audubon. (The full amount will be returned to the recipient at the end of the workshop, contingent on the completion of all other requirements.)
- attend the entire workshop, from Thursday afternoon until Sunday at noon. Note that the final Sunday of the workshop always falls on Mother’s Day.
- serve as a teaching assistant for one full (three-hour) session of the Young Naturalist program.
- participate in a minimum of four classes, one night program, and one early-morning bird walk.
- complete a survey at the end of the workshop.
How does the placeholder check work?
Scholarship recipients will receive a full refund on their placeholder deposit contingent on completing the five requirements set out above. Failure to meet those requirements will result in forfeiture of the deposit. If you discover that you won’t be able to attend the workshop, please let us know by May 1st for a full refund. Cancellations after May 1st will also result in forfeiture of the deposit.
How do I apply?
Interested applicants should send an email of interest to the Outreach Director, subject line: “BAMW Scholarship,” with the following information:
- Your name, email address, and cell number
- The name and address of your school
- Your position and grades/classes taught
- Your principal/supervisor’s name, email, and phone number
- A short essay (<500 words) describing your educational experience and philosophy, and a description of how you incorporate nature into your classroom.
- Your history with Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop. (Have you attended before? If so, was it on scholarship?)