High School Science Camps: Ecuador Biology

BySternberg Museum

High School Science Camps: Ecuador Biology

Expedition: Ecuador

June 18th – June 30th

Ready for an adventure?
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 available to professional researchers all over the planet through these databases. This data and media will also be used by the Sternberg Museum to create education and outreach content for science teachers.
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
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 Bellavista 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. Bellavista 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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*Students are expected to be in Hays at the Sternberg Museum by 9am on the morning of June 18th. Travel should be coordinated well in advance with the Museum Education Director David Levering (DALevering@fhsu.edu) once your student is fully registered. Dorms are available on the FHSU campus for students who arrive early. We will be departing as a group from Kansas City Airport for Quito Ecuador on the 18th or 19th of June, depending on flights. If our flight leaves on the 19th, we will be lodging in the FHSU dorms the night of the 18th.
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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