We are just days away from heading to Yellowstone National Park and meeting up with our Ecology Project International guides and scientists to study mountain lions and ungulates, all while experiencing the glory of one of the most wild lands in America. Eleven students and two intrepid teachers will snowshoe across the northern regions of the park to collect data for scientists and the National Park Service as part of ongoing research projects designed to understand and protect our greatest American treasures and resources.
The United States has some of the most diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes of any country in the world, filled with wildlife and nature that is nearly incomparable. Our federally protected lands - National Parks, National Forests, Landmarks, Monuments, BLM lands, Preserves and Management Areas are one of our greatest national resources promoting biodiversity, providing valuable ecological services that give us clean air and water, and offering us resources in the form of food, medicines, and building materials.
These adventuresome students are ready to experience the great outdoors and commit to being one small part of the future of our public lands. Now more than ever, we need to protect the sanctity of our amazing and special natural resources so they are here for generations to enjoy into the future.
So travel with us via this blog as I post live during our expedition to share stories, insights and photos. If you plan on following us during our trip, comment below about what you'd most like to see a photo of and we'll try to make it happen!
About this Blog:
I am a former Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow, a program of the U.S. Department of State. I have completed graduate level training in Global Education and traveled to Senegal in April with the program to explore their educational system. This blog is a piece of the global education guide I have created to support other teachers and students in globalizing their classrooms. My focus area is life and environmental science and understanding the interconnectedness of Earth. For more information on the fellowship please visit the IREX website.