Sylvan Heights Bird Park Receives Education Grant from Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment


Scotland Neck, NC – In October 2019, Sylvan Heights Bird Park was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation. The grant funds will support the park’s STEM education initiatives, allowing Sylvan Heights to continue providing area K‐12 schools with out‐of‐classroom STEM enrichment opportunities, including formal education courses offered by the park’s education staff, school outreach, and school‐conducted sessions at Sylvan Heights using the Park's birds and wetlands exhibits.

“We want to continue to offer the best and highest quality STEM programs for students in eastern North Carolina,” says Brent Lubbock, Director of Operations and Development at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.  “The funds that we received from the NCCF Burevitch grant will help us continue those programs for the next two years and will especially help students in economically disadvantaged regions take part.”

Sylvan Heights Bird Park hosts more than 7,000 K-12th grade students each year. The park’s STEM education programs are designed to enhance classroom learning and broaden students' knowledge of waterfowl, wetlands, conservation biology, ecology, and scientific methods. Sylvan Heights Bird Park’s off-site outreach programs for classrooms, libraries, and community groups brings science education to thousands of additional local students annually.