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This year, the first baula—Costa Rican for leatherback sea turtle—emerged on the night of February 2nd from the dark Caribbean waves, and onto the shores of Ecology Project International’s Pacuare Reserve. EPI Costa Rica Research Coordinator Claudio Quesada and volunteers welcomed her quietly, and under soft, red light did their best to unobtrusively collect her measurements as she entered her natural nesting “trance.” The 2,000-acre Pacuare Reserve safeguards one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. The Reserve’s beach is the only one on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast reporting a stable trend in nests from year to year. Worldwide, illegal harvest, entanglement in fishing gear, climate change, beachfront development, and industrial lighting near beaches that disorient hatchlings have all contributed to this ancient reptile’s steep decline. (Read... Read More

Climate Change, Conservation, Education, Nature, Science



If you google “what is service learning,” you’ll find that a lot of the answers are complicated, but the truth is, it doesn’t need to be. So, let’s break it down. What is service learning? It's a type of learning that... Involves volunteering or tackling a problem or project The project should have a positive impact on a community or the environment It allows you to connect “classroom learning” to real-world situations The last bullet point is the crux. Academic preparation, assessment, and reflection are what differentiate service-learning projects from other, more traditional forms of community service. Why do a service-learning project? Often, serving learning hours are required for jobs, certificates, credit, graduation, or any number of things, but one of the main reasons to get involved is the opportunity to make a positive impact on... Read More

Conservation, Nature



For a long time, science (and math, and technology, and…) have been taught in a way that does not engage most students. A teacher presents an underlying scientific principle, often in a neat, abstract equation form, and then after students do some rote repetition of said formula, the teacher might present a few real-life examples in order to make it all seem “real.” However, those applications mentioned aren’t necessarily relevant to the students’ life, interests, or curiosities. They fail to engage. The Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) encourage teachers to flip this old regime on its head. Instead of beginning with an abstract scientific concept, lecture, and/or memorization, the NGSS recognizes that you—like any presenter or actor—must first engage your audience. The NGSS humanize students, respect their curiosity, and urge teachers to first tap into students’ interest in... Read More

Conservation, Education, Nature, Professional Development, Science