Hello, my name is Stephanie Bradley and I am an environmental educator living and working in Western North Carolina. I am busy developing programming, fundraising for materials, and getting to know my local community in the effort to provide wildlife education for children and adults. I started this campaign to fund materials for upcoming educational programs. What follows is more information on my education programs, the materials I am fundraising for, and more about my background and motivations.
I have developed wildlife education programs that inspired, inform, and empower children to appreciate wildlife and share their habitat with them. Through my work with AZA* accredited zoos and international conservation organizations I have made friends with many brilliant and passionate people trying to protect wildlife like myself. I want to utilize these professional connections to inform and link my community with wildlife conservation actions locally and globally. All Education That Travels programs are designed to inspire students to investigate local wildlife, engage wildlife safely, make informed decisions about their environment, and conserve wildlife and wild places for years to come. All my programs are aligned to North Carolina Essential Science Standards and are intended to enrich the classroom unit of study and connect students to our local wildlife community. I also want to spread wildlife conservation education across America and globally. To reach this goal I am working with international NGOs like ConservationFIT * to develop curriculum that can be used for a variety of wildlife species by educators across the globe. Once field tested I plan on sharing my curriculum through my website with other wildlife educators in the effort to reach as many children as possible through informal environmental education.
I am seeking startup funds for materials. To be able to start Education That Travels and offer unique and engaging programs to schools, I am asking for $3,000 for the purchase of bio-facts (skull, track & scat replicas, and fur samples), children’s books and field guides, puppets and other educational materials that will enhance my programs so I can offer teachers programs they can’t get anywhere else. With advanced wildlife knowledge, ties to international wildlife conservation organizations and projects; I want to supplement my programs with materials teachers can’t normally acquire. The funding also includes the purchasing of basic office equipment such as a color printer and laminator to make educational materials and print supplemental materials for teachers.
Please visit the Programs page on my website (www.educationthattravels.com) for a listing of all educational programs and their NC Essential Standards correlations.
$10 Fold-out field guides, these are easy to read, have great animal illustrations, and are laminated for long-term use.
$25 Children’s animal themed book plus a mini animal puppet
$50 Consumable supplies for programs such as lamination, worksheets, and crayons.
$100 Color printer, copier, scanner unit
$200 Black Bear skull and tracks replica
$300 Handheld telemetry receiver and transmitter for wildlife tracking and monitoring demonstrations.
List of the materials I am looking to purchase:
Skull & Claw Replicas $1,311
Track Replicas $75
Fur Replicas $125
Animal Puppets $191
Children’s Books & Field Guides $170
Children Art & Craft Supplies $262
Office Supplies $344
Estimated total for educational supplies $2,478
Tax @ 7% $173
Shipping Costs $100
Go Fund Me charges @ 8% $220
Total with taxes and charges $2,971
More about me- my background and motivation:
Education That Travels was started by Stephanie Bradley who is a Wildlife Conservation Educator who has been working professionally for the last 10+ years. Originally from Texas Stephanie has worked at Zoos in Texas, New York City and New Jersey. She has worked for a Wildlife Conservation NGO in Namibia, Africa and is now an educator for the Interpretive Association for the Cradle of Forestry in America, in western North Carolina that works in partnership with the US Forest Service. Stephanie's early education was primarily in Theatre as an Actor and Director and holds a BA in Theatre from Baylor University. After working in Zoos for many years Stephanie went back to school at NYU Steinhardt School of Education and studied to earn a MA in Environmental Conservation Education. Stephanie recently moved back to the United States after living abroad for 3 years working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa as Education Manager.
Stephanie has created Education That Travels to provide wildlife education to her local community and across the globe. Her programs are designed to bring safe and interactive wildlife education to Pre-K through 12th grade classrooms, libraries and community groups of all ages. Programs will explore wildlife with an emphasis on local predators and their role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, predator conservation locally and around the world and young peoples’ role in conservation and environmental education. Help Stephanie reach children in western North Carolina and around the world, to learn how we can share our habitat with wildlife. When people learn about wildlife they have less to fear and room to grow compassion for the natural world.
*What are AZA accredited zoos? AZA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA represents more than 200 institutions which meet the highest standards in animal care, provide a fun and educational family experience, and dedicate millions of dollars to scientific research, conservation, and education programs. For more information visit www.aza.org
*Cheetah Conservation Fund- Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs. CCF is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. For more information visit www.cheetah.org
* ConservationFIT- ConservationFIT develops and applies non-invasive, cost-effective and animal-friendly methods of monitoring. WildTrack’s award-winning footprint identification technique (FIT) is one such approach; it identifies species, individuals, sex and age from footprints alone. For more information visit www.conservationfit.org