Earthwatch: Teacher Fellowship - Teach Earth, United States

Complete this short interest form to be notified if you are eligible to apply for a Teach Earth Fellowship.


Extraordinary Teachers, Inspiration in the Classroom

Teach Earth is built upon the principle that every individual can contribute to a sustainable planet, regardless of scientific background or skill. Each year, we select talented teachers from all subject areas to work side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world. From the edge of the Arctic to the coast of Maine, these teachers collect data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. Teachers have the opportunity to learn the scientific process first hand and help to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Teachers return to the classroom with new perspectives and knowledge, invigorated and inspired to share the experience of real discovery with their students.

Interested in learning more?

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Read Steve's blog about his experience in 2015.

The Teach Earth Experience:

  • Immerse yourself in a 7-14 day science learning and professional development experience in natural landscapes around the world
  • Support a critical conservation research project and help to solve key environmental challenges
  • Gain confidence, skills, and knowledge in scientific research and environmental issues through hands-on data collection and through lectures with world class scientists
  • Invigorate your teaching with new insights gained “in the field” and inspire your students in new ways
  • Collaborate with a team of teachers and share best practices, ideas, and the spirit of team-based scientific inquiry
  • Receive mentorship from an experienced Senior Fellow on transitioning your field experience to home
  • Ignite scientific discovery and environmental awareness within your classroom or community through a community action project or lesson plan


  • K-12 classroom teacher in the United States
  • Available to travel for 7-14 days
  • Passion for education
  • Interest in environmental issues or how scientific research is conducted
  • Desire to improve environmental or science education
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with a team of teachers from diverse backgrounds and expertise
  • Commitment to engaging your students and community inside and outside the classroom

(An individual may only receive 2 Teach Earth USA Fellowships in his or her lifetime).

Award Details:

A Teach Earth 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.

How to apply for a 2016 fellowship:

  1. Fill out the Interest Form
  2. Qualified teachers will be invited to complete an application that is due December 14, 2015
  3. Fellowship notifications will be sent in April 2016

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Teach Earth Teacher Program United States

As an educator fellow, you'll work alongside fellow teachers on an Earthwatch Expedition.

“Being able to share this experience with my fellow teachers and students will have a dramatic ripple effect. This fellowship has certainly recharged me as an educator!”
Julie Benke, 2014 Fellow

Teach Earth is all about genuine scientific research

Teach Earth is all about genuine scientific research.

“We were doing real science, in the real world. I am more inspired than ever to do what I can to make a difference.” Tracy Lavallee, 2014 Fellow