Originally published at Fosters.com.
DOVER — Out of hundreds of applications and a rigorous application process, Mark Wiley of UNH Cooperative Extension Program has been selected by the non-profit organization Ecology Project International to participate in an 8-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, Mark 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. Vicky Tong, a 2015 EPI Fellow said, “I have so many more tools: I feel empowered to inspire my students now to make more of a difference. I learned ways in which we can take action.”
On this year’s 6th annual Fellowship, Wiley will participate in a modified version of EPI’s Island Ecology Program. He will be immersed in the diverse ecology of the area, home to 39 percent of the world’s marine mammal species. Days spent on Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve, will involve underwater data collection and lessons in incorporating field studies into the classroom. The group will also meet with Mexican teachers and students and explore the cultural heritage of the city of La Paz.
The EPI Teacher Fellowship will occur March 10-17.
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.