2022 Amazon Research Initiative Details

Program Details


July 11-21, 2022 (door to door)

Amazon Research Initiative Fees

$2895 program fee and land costs, including:

  • $625 Morpho Institute Program Fee
  • $2270 land costs payable to our travel partner, EcoTeach

Peruvian Amazon


You will arrange your own flight. Estimated cost: $900-1500 roundtrip USA to Iquitos Peru

Program Theme:  Biodiversity in a changing world - An investigation through time and space 

Program Syllabus:  Coming soon!

Program Overview:  Return to the Amazon with Morpho faculty and alumni to dig deeper into how biodiversity responds to a changing world. In this ten-day research crash course, you will design research questions and contribute to long-term Morpho Institute research initiatives. Check out how climate change impacts biodiversity, how living things respond to changes in environments, and how animals and plants cope with habitat fragmentation and succession. Reconnect with Amazon communities and forge new collaborations. Be part of the team that defines the future of teacher research in the Amazon with the Morpho Institute! 

Participants will: 

  • Design scientific inquiries in the Amazon to examine the theme of change in ecological systems. 
  • Contribute to the long-term monitoring of the Napo-Sucusari Biological Reserve, with the support of Morpho Institute’s Director of Scientific Research (Dr. Lindsey Swierk) and Director of Conservation Engagement (Dr. Katie Feilen)
  • Connect inquiry and research to classroom instruction, curriculum development, and a better understanding of the process of science
  • Learn key ecological methodology including question development, method selection, field skills (plant phenology monitoring, animal surveying, ethograms), citizen science protocols, basic statistics, and science communication. 
  • Participants will help inform the strategic plan for Morpho 2025
  • Participants will have a BLAST and Morpho faculty will too!! 

Program Registration

NOTE: Registration for the 2022 Amazon Research Initiative for Educators is a MULTI-STEP process.

STEP ONE:  Enroll with the Morpho Institute

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The Amazon Research Initiative for Educators (ARIE) is coordinated by The Morpho Institute. The $625 Morpho Institute Program Fee includes:  program administration fees, field program workshops and facilitation, program resource kit, online pre-departure coursework, PD webinars, access to a private online network for program participants, and donations to support our indigenous community partners in the Amazon.

To be accepted into the program and to confirm your spot on the 2022 roster, you must complete the Morpho Institute's ARIE Online Enrollment and Waiver Form and submit a $100 non-refundable deposit. 

The remaining balance of the Morpho Institute Program Fee will be due no later than April 1, 2022, and will be subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the Morpho Institute Enrollment Form and Waiver.  Please read this carefully!

-Or- If you prefer to pay via check, please contact Christa Dillabaugh at director@morphoinstitute.org for details.

STEP TWO:  Make Your Travel Arrangments with EcoTeach 


Once you have completed Step One, you will receive a confirmation email from Christa Dillabaugh, Director of the Morpho Institute with instructions for registering with EcoTeach and confirming your travel arrangements.

The $2270 EcoTeach travel fees cover in-country ground transportation, room, board, naturalist guides, and entrance or activity fees specifically outlined in the Amazon Research Initiative for Educators. Travel is coordinated by EcoTeach and all travel-related costs must be paid directly to EcoTeach after you have officially registered with The Morpho Institute and are subject to EcoTeach's cancellation policies.

Registration Questions?

If you have any questions regarding this two step process or the Educator Academy in general, please email Christa at director@morphoinstitute.org.  or (913) 214-6126 to speak with Christa directly.  Please use 'ARIE Question' as your subject line.

I left the Amazon with a deep sense of being a global citizen and am grateful for the reminder of the similarities we share with humans around the globe. I feel challenged to make conscious choices that preserve our earth and fellow humans.  I have been inspired to help my students experience a sense of place in our home. At the most basic level, I was reminded how powerful an experience can be, and this has rejuvenated my passion for facilitating experiences for our students.” 

– Laura Lawrence, Asheville School, NC 

“This has been the best professional development program I have ever participated in.  With quality staff presentations, shared experiences, hands-on activities, long term online resources, and the camaraderie of our group members, I am confident I will be able to share what I have learned with my students. Further more I feel that I have what I need to continue to learn.”

– Phil Kahler, Tualatin Valley Academy, Forest Grove, OR

"My head is still spinning from my trip to the Peruvian Amazon! So many take-home lessons! I got an up-close look at what conservation looks like today, in real time; was immersed in a beautiful culture very different from my own; gained more tools for my toolbox to use in teaching my students (such as the use of participatory mapping, scientific modeling, etc.); and had an incredible shared experience with passionate, talented educators and students from other independent schools. My hope is that hundreds of more educators and students can experience this for themselves!"

- Mike Hill, PhD, Asheville School, NC

Need More Information?

The Morpho Institute professional development field workshops are produced by a team of committed people who work together to make this a life experience for every traveler.

With questions about the educational program, syllabus, and experience in Peru contact:
Christa Dillabaugh, Director, The Morpho Institute
Email or Phone:  (913) 214-6126