Educator Academy in the Amazon

Transformative Professional Development

For K-16 educators ready for a life-changing PD adventure

Join us in Peru for our annual Educator Academy in the Amazon for an experience that will feed your soul, expand your professional toolkit for inquiry based science, anchor your global perspective, and change your definition of professional development.  Featuring interdisciplinary programming for elementary and middle school educators and in-depth conservation field research for high school AP/IB and university educators.  Why travel all the way to the Amazon?  Read these insights from past participants.    

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Academy Dates

JULY 1-11, 2023

Academy Fees

2023 program fee and land costs available September 1, 2022

Academy Details

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The Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest provides powerful professional development designed to transform student learning. Immersed for 10 days in the Peruvian Amazon, teachers learn about this key global ecosystem while building their ability to engage students in scientific research, engineering design, cross-cultural connections, and stewardship projects. Skilled Peruvian guides lead natural history exploration – in small boats, along trails, and on one of the world’s most extensive canopy walkways. Professional scientists engage educators in field research and citizen science. And villagers in remote communities demonstrate their ways of life, highlighting conservation practices with which they are aiming for long-term sustainability of the rainforest resources on which their livelihoods depend.

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What people are saying...

“Amazing. I had high expectations, but overall this experience surpassed them on so many levels. The combination of the people involved, the organization and structure, and one of the most astounding places on Earth made this incredible.”  – Joan Bachynsky, Cristo Rey High School, NY

Every component of the academy can be integrated into my classroom, my curriculum and my teaching philosophy. The faculty provided high quality experiences and resources to help me do this! The best program I have EVER had the privilege of attending!” – Melissa Jordan, Sarah Scott Middle School, Terra Haute, IN


I left feeling inspired, renewed , and excited about what I will share with my students and peers. I was learning every hour of the day and evening. Not a minute of this trip was wasted. – Jenny Murphy, Sullivan Middle School, Lowell, MA


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 comradery 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

Specialized Programming for Different Grade Levels

Elementary (K-5)

Explore the Amazon through the lens of place-based learning and inquiry. Visit Amazon schools, conduct service projects, and learn from villagers in remote communities.

Cohort limited to 10 participants

Middle School (6-8)

Participate in research and citizen science, learning techniques directly applicable in your teaching while exploring the Amazon rainforest and connecting with local communities

Cohort limited to 10 participants.

High School and AP

Take a dive deep into tropical ecology, community-based conservation and sustainable development. Learn from indigenous villagers, and make connections to your teaching.

Cohort limited to 10 participants.

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