We believe that to fulfill our mission of '...building an understanding, appreciation, and respect for the natural world...' we must make education and outreach one of our top priorities at GEAS.
Many GEAS activities, programs, and projects overlap with our education and outreach goals. Leading public field trips and Family Bird Walks are two ways we hope to share our knowledge and passion for birds. Our Monthly Meetings and Citizen Science programs also are educational in nature and we hope to keep engaging more members in these areas. Hosting restoration events at Blacks Creek Bird Reserve are also a great way to reach out to other members of our community who may have broader interests then birds, supporting interest in other wildlife, native plants, and beautiful scenery. We participate in many outreach events in our community, from Kokanee Outdoor Day to International Migratory Bird Day. We are also happy to share that in 2014 we created and hosted the first conservation camp for refugee children in the Treasure Valley.
Binocular Loan Program
We know having good binoculars makes a huge difference when introducing anyone to birding or make any nature walk more enjoyable. GEAS has approximately 24 pairs of binoculars, in part because of the support of Eagle Optics, and we share them with the community dozens of times per year. We will consider requests to borrow our binoculars for classroom field trips, public events, scout troop outings, or similar instances. Generally, binoculars are available to borrow for 1-3 days at a time with at least two weeks notice. Exceptions to availability include dates on which GEAS has scheduled programming.
We ask that the primary borrower please take responsibility for this great resource while in your, or your organizations, possession. Return binoculars cleaned of fingerprints on the lenses, lens caps on, and stowed in the provided pouches. Please let us know if any repairs or damage needs to be addressed.