North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 2014 Educators of Excellence Institutes

Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on an educational adventure of a lifetime! Since 1987 the Museum’s Educator of Excellence Institutes have provided exceptional educators with staff development opportunities that transform the way they view and teach natural sciences. Educators from across North Carolina have been inspired by their experiences in outstanding natural areas such as Belize, Ecuador, and Yellowstone National Park.

Applications must by submitted by March 10, 2014!

Ecuador Culture and Ecology Institute
Dates: June 18-27, 2014
Location: Ecuador, South America and Raleigh, NC
Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous, including walking/hiking in both high heat/humidity and at extremely high altitudes
Cost: $1,300 (includes supplies, round-trip air travel between Raleigh and Quito, Ecuador, all ground transportation, instruction, lodging, and most meals). Participants are responsible for travel to and from Raleigh, expenses in Raleigh during pre- and post-trip sessions, and personal expenses, including some meals during the Institute.

  • Explore connections between economics and environment.
  • Learn about Ecuadorian ecosystems and the people who live and work in them.
  • See Heifer International’s success in helping communities to become more self-reliant.
  • Work with local teachers and students.
Tropical Ecology Institute
Dates: July 22-30, 2014
Location: Belize, Central America and Raleigh, NC
Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous, including walking/hiking in tropical (high heat/humidity) settings, canoeing and snorkeling
Cost: $1,300 (includes supplies, round-trip air travel between Raleigh and Belize, all ground transportation, instruction, lodging and meals). Participants are responsible for travel to and from Raleigh, expenses in Raleigh during pre- and post-trip sessions, and personal expenses, including some meals during the Institute.

  • Explore a tropical rainforest.
  • Visit Mayan ruins.
  • Canoe a tropical river.
  • Snorkel over a Caribbean reef.
  • Visit a Belizean classroom.

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