Light a spark in your students—and yourself.
As an educator, you understand the impact of hands-on learning, and how a hypothesis and a whole lot of data hold the power to change the world. On an Earthwatch Student Group Expedition, your students can experience the awesome potency of scientific inquiry firsthand, conducting real-world research on threatened and thriving species and habitats the world over.
Take your students outside the confines of the classroom, away from their screens and other distractions, and show them what no textbook can: what scientific progress looks like in the real world, in real time. They’ll take part in the ever-evolving process of inquiry and observation, and discover the day-to-day diligence, passion, and curiosity that researchers bring to their work.
Don’t be fooled by the stunning scenery and easy camaraderie that form the backdrop of an Earthwatch expedition—this is no greenwashed walk in the woods. It’s demanding, important, and rewarding work. The data you and your students help collect on an Earthwatch expedition will be published in peer-reviewed research with the power to shape real-world environmental policies around the world for years to come.
An Earthwatch Student Group Expedition can help you rediscover your passion for teaching through the tactile tonic of fieldwork. But it can also spark in your students an enduring interest in scientific study and our natural world. You can be the mentor who strikes that match.
There was a pivotal moment at the beach on the last day when the students had a couple hours of free time and they climbed up a big cliff to see all these coves up the island. You could see that they were touched, and I started crying. I had been telling them, ‘This is what we need to save.’ They knew what I was talking about, but it wasn’t until that moment that they knew what they were trying to save.
—Carol Wang-Mondaca, Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, N.Y.