Transformational Learning in the Amazon

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Pictures really ARE worth more than 1000 words!

For the last twenty years, the educators and students who participated in our Amazon Workshops have snapped amazing photos of rainforest biodiversity. Unfortunately, most of these photos have only been seen by a handful of friends and family – or worse they are in a shoebox under the bed! One has to wonder…what could we…

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The Epic Orchid Bee Quest of 2012

What do you do with a bug net, a vial of wintergreen essential oil, cotton swabs, and push pins, when you are in the middle of the Amazon rainforest?  If you are a curious explorer you design an experiment to investigate orchid bees of course!   Last summer that is exactly what happened when students and…

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Rumpus in the Rainforest!

Experiencing the Amazon rainforest first hand is an incredible opportunity – and for some a lifelong dream.  Jon Strube, an elementary principal from Indiana, set his sights on the Amazon seven years ago and worked tenaciously to find a way to get there.  Last summer, Jon’s dream finally came true.  With the help of a…

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Chance Encounters with Pygmy Marmosets

Suddenly the treetops above us erupted in noise and chaos.  We scrambled to grab our binoculars and craned our necks to find the source of mayhem high above our heads.   Hearts beating fast, senses heightened, we quickly spotted a troop of tiny primates climbing and jumping through the canopy of the Amazon rainforest.  In a…

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What happens in the Amazon should NEVER stay in the Amazon!

What happens in the Amazon should never stay in the Amazon…and if the educators we worked with last summer are any indication, the Amazon is already spilling over its banks and into their classrooms, communities, and personal lives. Our ten day immersion into tropical ecology, research, and culture gave all of us the chance to…

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