Originally published in the Galleria Patch
Houston's environment is a lot different than Costa Rica's, a fact that should give Sarah Shea lots of adventure. Shea, a teacher at The Kincaid School, was awarded a fellowship that will take her to the Central American country for eight days to take part in an ecological program.
Shea was chosen by Ecology Project International (EPI), an organization that teams scientists with students and educators for ventures in Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Baja Mexico, Yellowstone, Hawaii, and Belize.
"This was definitely one of the best professional development programs I have ever experienced," Michele Wolski, a former EPI fellow, told the Houston Chronicle. "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."
Shea will be part of EPI's Sea Turtle Ecology Program, working on a project involving leatherback turtles. She will also learn about Costa Rica's ecology and geography, and meet with teachers and students there. Shea's fellowship runs from April 21 to April 28.
EPI has since 2000 worked with more than 9,000 students at field sites in Costa Rica. If you was to apply for an EPI fellowship, you can do so by clicking here.