Christina Betzer, teacher at Amargosa Creek Middle School in Lancaster, has been selected by the non-profit organization Ecology Project International (EPI) to participate in an eight-day Research & Education Fellowship in Costa Rica.
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, the Galapagos, Belize, Baja Mexico, and Yellowstone.
Since 2000, EPI has brought more than 8,000 American and Costa Rican students to their field sites in Costa Rica.
During the Fellowship, a small group of selected U.S. teachers will travel to the Caribbean coast to experience the program for themselves.
“This was definitely one of the best professional development programs I have ever experienced,” said Michele Wolski, a 2014 Fellow. “I surely will never forget the turtle walks and the opportunity to watch and assist in research, and I intend to share this yearly with my students.”
On this year’s fourth annual Fellowship, Betzer will participate in a modified version of EPI’s Sea Turtle Ecology Program. She will be immersed in Costa Rica’s diverse ecology and will spend three days at a leatherback sea turtle preserve, all while learning about education in the field and how it can be used to enrich every classroom.
The group will also meet with Costa Rican teachers and students for a day of cultural exchange.
EPI’s Research & Education Fellowship will occur April 16-23, 2016.
For more information on EPI’s programs or how teachers can apply for next year’s Fellowship, visit www.ecologyproject.org.
[Information via news release from Ecology Project International.]