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Strategy Share: Stop Motion Filmmakers in the Classroom

How does one even begin to process the professional development of a lifetime as an educator explorer in Arctic Svalbard? Every waking minute was extraordinary, exhilarating, beautiful and captivating. My experiences included witnessing polar bears curiously checking out the humans, blue whales showing off their flukes, and juvenile Arctic foxes playing with their food. Continue reading Strategy Share: Stop Motion Filmmakers in the Classroom

Strategy Share: Conservation Lessons From Galápagos

I have been fascinated with the Galápagos Islands since reading Darwin’s On the Origin of Species as a college student. When I had the opportunity to explore the islands as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, I naturally thought I would design a student project focused on evolution. However, observations I made while in Galápagos led me down a different path. Continue reading Strategy Share: Conservation Lessons From Galápagos

Scientists Sift for DNA … of the Loch Ness Monster

SCIENCE If the famous cryptid exists, this eDNA hunt ought to find evidence—but if not, scientists will still gain valuable ecological data. (National Geographic) What is the Loch Ness Monster? What is eDNA? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas A new genetic study aims … Continue reading Scientists Sift for DNA … of the Loch Ness Monster

The ‘Palau Pledge’ Puts Ecology First

ENVIRONMENT The Palauan government recently instituted a mandatory ‘eco-pledge’ for tourists—in the form of a passport stamp. (National Geographic) What did our Pristine Seas team find in Palau? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. PALAU PLEDGE Children of Palau I take this pledge, as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home. I … Continue reading The ‘Palau Pledge’ Puts Ecology First

The Amazon Rain Forest Is Not an Untamed Jungle

GEOGRAPHY The biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest is not entirely pristine. It was also shaped by an ancient hunger for fruits and nuts. (Nature) Use our activity to learn more about biodiversity in the Amazon. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study analyzes the distribution of domesticated trees in the Amazon rain … Continue reading The Amazon Rain Forest Is Not an Untamed Jungle