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Educator Academy in the Amazon

Transformative Professional Development

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

Join us in Peru July 1-11 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.

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2020 Registration Opens September 15th

Educator Academy Dates:

July 1-11, 2020

Estimated Fees:

$2695 in-country land costs, program fees & resources

$900-1500 estimated for flights from USA to Iquitos, Peru

Registration details coming soon

Scholarships & grants available

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Program Details


The Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest is a cross-curricular professional development workshop offering K-12 educators the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most important natural resources – the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Participants will have unparalleled access to all levels of the rainforest, including the rainforest canopy via one of the world’s most extensive canopy walkways.

Every aspect of the program is designed to engage participants in hands-on investigations, citizen science research projects, and inquiry-based learning activities to deepen understanding of the rainforest ecosystem and its global importance. In addition, participants will explore how rainforest concepts relate to 21st century instructional models such as 5E lesson design, inquiry-based exploration, STEM education, and other innovative instructional tools such as BirdSleuth K-12, Project Learning Tree, iNaturalist, Vernier LabQuest® 2, Celestron® digital field microscopes, and more.

This transformative experience also incorporates the themes of cultural exchange, service learning, and sustainability in order to provide participants with cross curricular learning experiences to inspire classroom instruction and develop student understanding of complex global environmental issues.


Study Sites, Projects, & Partners
Machu Picchu Extension

Specialized Programming for Different Grade Levels

K-12 Formal & Informal Educators 

K-12 educators and interdisciplinary teams will use their Educator Academy experience to explore the Amazon through the lens of place-based learning, inquiry, STEM, and NGSS.  Working with our fantastic Amazon faculty, you'll conduct field research, visit Amazon schools, and learn from indigenous communities. Each day in the field will provide you with new knowledge, innovative ideas and exceptional resources designed to help you build direct connections to your classroom!

Cohort Size:  Limited to 15

HS, AP/IB, & College Science Educators

HS, AP/IB, & college environmental science educators will use their Educator Academy experience to dive deep into tropical ecology, community-based conservation and sustainable development and make connections directly back to your environmental science classrooms.   You'll work in partnership with the Maijuna - the indigenous group responsible for protecting Peru's newest regional conservation area - as well as field researchers and our superb Amazon faculty!

Cohort Size:  Limited to 15

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

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
  • With questions about travel logistics, forms, and flight arrangements contact:
    Deb Smucker, Director, EcoTeach
    Email or Phone: 800-626-8992, ext 12