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by Dr. Kelly Keena, Board President We sat in the green and white wooden Explorama boat nosed into the bank of a small tributary stream. The dense branches had a clearing and the equally dense brown water was still. The perfect place to fish for piraña. It’s a relatively simple process – stab a small…

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by Dr. Nancy Trautmann, founding board member of the Morpho Institute As an environmental scientist and educator, my career has centered on helping educators reach beyond lectures and textbooks to engage students in investigating real-world environmental science issues. When I traveled to Peru in 2015 as a faculty member for the Educator Academy in the…

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One month ago. We were finalizing the roster for our 2020 Educator Academy in the Amazon. We were celebrating a fruitful collaboration with our conservation partners.We were hatching plans for student research projects in the Amazon. One month ago, we had no idea how much the world would change. One month ago. Multiple troops of…

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Christa Dillabaugh Director, The Educator Academy in the Amazon  Next month will mark the 26th anniversary of the first time I set foot in the Amazon as a middle school science teacher  – a teacher who had never been out of the country but secretly harbored a dream of being an explorer. Twenty-six years ago,…

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