Out of hundreds of applications and a rigorous application process, Suzanne Kehret of Orono High School has been selected by the non-profit organization Ecology Project International (EPI) to participate in an eight-day teacher fellowship in Baja Mexico.
EPI is a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecologically critical environments in Costa Rica, Ecuador & the Galapagos, Belize, Baja Mexico, Yellowstone, and Hawaii.
Since 2005, EPI has worked with more than 10,000 students in their Baja Mexico program, the majority of them local to the project site.
During the Fellowship, Kehret and a small group of carefully selected teachers from across North America will experience the field course for themselves as well as gain skills and resources they can bring back to the classroom with them.
Becca Taylor, a 2015 EPI Fellow said, “This experience has been beyond my dreams, beyond what I could have imagined in terms of professional development.”
On this year’s fifth annual Fellowship, Kehret will participate in a modified version of EPI’s Turtle Ecology Program. She will be immersed in the diverse ecology of the area, home to migrating grey whales and a thriving fishery. Days spent at Magdalena Bay, a unique haven on the peninsula’s wild Pacific coast, will include sea turtle catch-and-release for scientific study, as well as lessons in how to incorporate field studies into the classroom. The group will also explore the cultural heritage of the city of La Paz.
The EPI Teacher Fellowship will occur March 11-18.
For more information on EPI’s programs or how teachers can apply for next year’s Fellowship, visit their website at www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship.