Inquiry, Conservation, & Sustainability in the Amazon:
An immersive field course for educators and students
Program Overview: Imagine your alarm clock is a Screaming Piha, your textbook is a million acres of conserved rainforest, your teacher is Victorino, an indigenous Maijuna leader, and your classmates are educators learning right along with you. Here, not paying attention means missing a pink river dolphin or a sloth hidden along the 1/4-mile canopy walkway. Here, stewardship of the natural world takes on new meaning and new urgency, as you experience our core value in this biodiversity hotspot. Here, your contributions matter, as you are immersed in a successful model of sustainability and become a global citizen along the way.
On this transformative field course students will have the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with indigenous conservation leaders and partner in their sustainable-development projects. Students will work collaboratively with educators and students from Millbrook and other independent schools on innovative investigations, citizen science research projects, inquiry-based field studies, and cultural exchange. The Millbrook team will return to further enrich and inspire our school's mission and core values.
Dates: March 6-16
Costs: $4,000, which includes program fees, hotel/lodging, on-site meals, trip insurance, and air and ground travel.
Participants: Students from the courses/programs listed below are eligible to apply to ensure that the experience is embedded in relevant coursework with the field course serving as an immersive classroom extension.
Prerequisites: General/honors biology, advanced biology, field biology, environmental science, botany, animal behavior, relevant ISR projects, anthropology, Spanish (any level), CES projects, Environmental Council, and Zoo Curators.
To apply: Students may send a letter of interest to Science Department Chair, Ava Goodale with answers to the questions, why do you want to participate in this program and what do you hope to gain from the experience? Applications are due October 31st.