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More about Ecuador Culture and Ecology Institute

June 17, 2012

The Ecuador Culture and Ecology Institute is part of the Museum’s Educators of Excellence Program, which strives to provide exceptional educators with staff development opportunities that transform the way they view and teach the natural sciences and more.

The Ecuador Culture and Ecology Institute has a special focus on the connections between environmental sustainability and poverty while experiencing the incredible biodiversity of Ecuador.  The Museum’s partnership with Heifer International provides access to Heifer projects in local communities which are improving their own standard of living through environmentally sustainable practices.  A workshop at a school includes North Carolinian and Ecuadorian teachers working together to create and implement hands-on science lessons using materials that will be donated to the school.  Opportunities for natural history observations range from alpacas and orchid-rich volcanoes in the highlands to whales and blue-footed boobies off the coast.

It’s a trip of a lifetime.  It has changed the way I look at life.  All teachers, especially younger teachers, should have an experience like this!”  1st Grade Teacher, Wake County

“This is the best program that the Museum does.”  4th Grade Teacher, Onslow County

Kim Smart

Blue footed Booby and Chick

Blue footed Booby and Chick

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Middle Creek Elementary School permalink
    June 17, 2012 10:37 pm

    How long does it take to fly to Ecuador?

    • June 19, 2012 10:40 am

      It took about two hours from Raleigh to Miami, then four hours from Miami to Quito.

  2. pat permalink
    June 19, 2012 9:39 pm

    I LOVE the booby baby even if it doesn’t have blue feet!

  3. kim smart permalink
    June 20, 2012 10:23 pm

    That comes later

  4. Roberto permalink
    June 22, 2012 6:13 am

    Looks great! Any Limpkins?

  5. Carol Purvis permalink
    June 23, 2014 7:35 am

    Mrs. Kendall, hope all is well and that you are learning a lot to bring back to the kids. Enjoy. It looks like you are having a blast. How many snakes have you seen?

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