Einstein once said "Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better." Every day in the classroom my students and I strive to help them see nature, understand it, and apply that knowledge to guide them in their actions.
I teach environmental science to the most amazing students in a low-income, poorly-resourced comprehensive high school in Connecticut.
My amazing students come from many different backgrounds, with many different cultures. All of which are celebrated in the classroom and valued as a vital part of our academic and social growth, as global citizens and environmental stewards.
Despite their zeal for learning, growing up in an urban, blacktop forest, has limited their experiences and it is what they can see and touch, that will make the biggest impression on their lives.
With your support my students will be able to experience the wonders of Costa Rica first-hand.
They will visit the Carrillo National park to see tropical birds, leaf cutter ants, monkeys, and lush vegetation. Then they will travel by boat through the Tortuguero canals to the nesting grounds of the green sea turtles, and the home of howler monkeys and caimans. Next, they will travel to Sarapiqui to cascade through the canopy. Then they will travel to the Arenal region, home to one of Costa Rica's most infamous volcanic regions, where they will tour Lake Arenal. This region serves as one of Costa Rica's most important watersheds and sources of geothermal energy. Then my students will descend over 600 steps to witness the magnificent La Fortuna waterfall.
In addition, to experiencing all that nature has to offer, my students will get to know the people and customs of Costa Rica. They'll enjoy rice and beans, dancing, and conversation.
I teach my students that a person's morals and experiences shape their decisions about environmental policy.
This opportunity will provide my students with the experiences necessary to make informed decisions that will affect their lives and the lives of others, as they become our future leaders.
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