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High School Science Camps: Ecuador Biology

BySternberg Museum

High School Science Camps: Ecuador Biology

Expedition: Ecuador

June 18th – June 30th

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The Sternberg Museum is proud to offer this two week program that will take students deep into the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Andes on a hunt for wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Working with local guides, and Sternberg Museum educators and field scientists, students will participate in a survey of plants and animals high in the mountains. This region is home to hundreds of species of birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles, mammals, and new plants around every turn. Students will learn how to take field notes, create field sketches, and use field equipment to document the amazing biodiversity of this incredible ecosystem. Along the way, students will learn about evolutionary process and mechanisms of natural selection through the unique wildlife we see and document.
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This camp is part of what will be a multi-year project to survey wildlife in the cloud forest at different elevations. Students will help enter sighting data into online databases used by practicing scientists, including iNaturalist.org and eBird.org. Data collected by students, including notes, photos, and videos, will be used to create Next Generation Science Standard-aligned learning resources for K-12 educators, which will include credits for participating students.
Our team will be based out of a lodge located in the cloud forest, which will serve as our base of operations while we are in Ecuador. All meals are provided during this program. Students who register and are accepted for the program will receive a comprehensive equipment list and additional logistical details.We pride ourselves on providing incredible educational experiences for our student participants in an environment where they are encouraged to learn, grow, and take on new challenges and responsibilities.
All students must also have an official United States passport that is current with at least eight months remaining before it expires. This is in addition to the standard requirements for registration to our high school camps programs.
Date: June 18th-30th
Fee*: $3,000 per member, $3,300 per non-member
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During the trip, our first stop will be at Mindo Lindo lodge high in the Andes, surrounded by a stunning diversity of plants, birds, and all manner of other wildlife amidst a breathtaking landscape. Our second stop will be at Bella Vista lodge, over 1,000 feet high up from Mindo Lindo. Here we will explore a new community of organisms, taking note of repeat sightings and new organisms. Bella Vista is an active biological research station, and students will have access to a comprehensive library on the surrounding ecosystem and wildlife during our stay.
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* Pricing does not include cost of airfare to and from the group meeting point at Miami airport. We will have group flight of instructional staff and students from Miami airport on June 18th to fly to Quito. We will fly back to Miami airport from Quito, arriving on June 30th. Parents/guardians are responsible for student travel to and from Miami airport. Participants will be provided specific flight logistics information to ensure students arrive at Miami airport well in advance of our international flight to Ecuador. Baggage charges, trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance, and personal expenses are also excluded from the program fee. Travel should be coordinated well in advance with the Museum Education Director David Levering (DALevering@fhsu.edu) once your student is fully registered.
The Centers for Disease Control advises travelers to “make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.”  We will be at high altitude, away from areas where yellow fever and zika virus are known to occur.

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