Transformational Learning in the Amazon

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Winging It: Birding as a Contact Sport?

It’s all fun and games until you get birds and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology involved…then mayhem, hilarity, and learning ensue! Last summer, birding in the Amazon became a full contact sport as U.S. and Peruvian educators and students raced around the grounds outside the Amazon library – flapping their “wings” as they searched for…

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Blind Dates in the Amazon

Standing on the banks of the Sucasari River as dusk began to settle around me, I strained to hear the sound of approaching boats over the cacophony of rainforest insects and frogs.  I had only emerged from the jungle two hours earlier after spending over a week with high school students exploring the rainforest from…

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Amazon Super Heroes Caught Moonlighting as K-12 Educators!

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times…the future of the planet depends on the students sitting in our classrooms.  As educators, the task of nurturing this next generation to appreciate the role of science in addressing local as well as global problems often falls to us. At times this may seem like a super human…

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Amazon here we come!

Wow!  This year we are celebrating 22 years of building Amazon awareness through our summer workshop programs and we are pulling out all the stops!  This year we will host: 30 Adventurous Educators 26 Student Explorers 7 Teacher Leaders 6 Awesome Faculty Members 5 Student Amazon Rainforest Workshops and 1 Stupendous Educator Academy in the…

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New species of STEM discovered in the Amazon!

After poking around in the leaf litter and climbing into the canopy of the Amazon, it seems we might have discovered a new species of STEM.  We affectionately call it by its common name, STEMazon.  Although not officially described by STEMologists, we have petitioned to give it a proper scientific name – Stemus amazonicus. STEM,…

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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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Biodiversity Renders Educators Speechless!

What, you might ask, could possibly render a lively group of teachers speechless? It would have to be something pretty spectacular, right? You might be suprised to learn that it was a chance encounter with a frog in the Amazon. No bigger than a quarter, this tiny creature held the group captive, rendering everyone speechless…

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Immerse Yourself and Discover Your Place

Ahhh…Amazonia.  A magical word that conjures up images of snaking rivers, soaring trees, and strange wildlife.  Surely if there is a place that can inspire wonder and curiosity, it is this.  And yet…many visitors struggle to make sense of it all, to put it into perspective, to find a scale that makes it understandable and…

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Amazon Apprentices: Mentoring Inquiry in the Canopy

What do one tropical canopy researcher, a Minnesota teacher, and a bunch of teenagers have in common?  On the surface, not much.  But dig a bit deeper, or rather climb a bit higher, and you will find a shared passion for exploring and understanding the intricacies of the Amazon rainforest canopy! Researcher, Dr. Meg Lowman,…

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