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Appreciate Binocular Advice for Nonprofit Outdoor & Nature Program (1 Viewer)

The Pentax Papilio II 8.5x21 sell for $106 in the U.S. and what makes them exceptional is that they have a minimum focus distance of only 1.6 feet. That makes them great for birds and also for amphibians and lizards and flowers and insects. The Pentax importer/distributor is who I would contact about getting a special education deal on some.

In the USA the Vortex company has gifted their binoculars to non profit environmental and teaching organizations.
I would say that almost any (non-faulty) binocular these days is going to be a lot better than the naked eye. The issue would really be robustness, as mentioned before, because the cheap ones have a tendency to get fogged or knocked out of alignment - and then they really are useless.

So perhaps one idea might be to spend, say $60 per pair but get 50% more pairs than you need. Store the extra ones carefully so that they can replace any that get damaged, because they would be uneconomic to repair.
I suggested the Vortex Bantam 6.5x32 which is 70 dollars and I think Vortex would probably discount them some for you. They are good for kids and actually are a good binocular. I was pleased at how good they are for the price. They seem to fit the bill for what you want them for.

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