Earthwatch expeditions are unlike any other travel experience. Teachers and students work side by side with world-class scientists collecting data to address some of the world’s most pressing research questions in climate change, ocean health, wildlife and ecosystems, and archaeology.
We want teachers to feel confident and prepared when they bring a group of students on an Earthwatch expedition. Through Project Kindle teachers like you are trained on organizing a student group and experience an expedition before leading one. Each year we select highly motivated teachers who want to engage and inspire their students through hands-on scientific field research in 2018 or 2019.
The program will prepare you to organize your students to join an expedition through training sessions and resources that cover a range of topics including: best practices for recruiting students, communicating with parents, seeking scholarship funding for students, and overcoming additional obstacles.
If you have a passion for Environmental Work and Outdoor Education then Project Kindle is for you!
A Project Kindle Fellowship includes the full cost of your assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation. Fellows also receive a travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket travel expenses to and from the expedition site. Travel award value varies by project location.
We have 16 grant-funded spaces available for the 2017 Project Kindle Fellowship. 8 fellowships are available for teachers from any U.S. high school. The other 8 fellowships are specific to NYC high school teachers.
Project Kindle exposes teachers to the science research and necessary workshops to give them the confidence to come back into the field with their students!
Click here to apply for Project Kindle:
“The possibility of leading students exclusively from my school on an Earthwatch expedition in the future is very exciting. The training provided by Earthwatch was very thorough, and I now feel that I am well-prepared to plan an educational, hands-on research project with Earthwatch for the students I teach. I have always wanted to take students on a trip outside of the United States, and now I feel very confident about doing so.”
Steve Lux, 2016 Fellow
“There's a big part missing in teaching every day that comes from being removed from the actual science. Participating in Earthwatch has allowed me an outlet to actually do science again and to be outside learning.”
Lena Cosentino, 2016 Fellow