Independent Schools in the Amazon

Inquiry, Conservation, & Sustainability in the Amazon

For independent school educators and their students

Are you and your school interested in global biodiversity, environmental issues, sustainability, scientific inquiry, stewardship, and community-decision-making? Join faculty from the Indigeonous Maijuna community of Sucusari, Asheville School, Millbrook School, and The Taft School and explore your role in creating a sustainable future at local and global levels .

Course Dates:

2022 Dates TBD

Course Fees:

For registration details, contact

Christa Dillabaugh

Morpho Institute Director

(913) 214-6126

Participating Schools

Morpho Institute Independent school partners

Field Reports

Program Details


The Inquiry, Sustainability, and Conservation in the Amazon field course is an 11-day (door to door) cross-curricular workshop designed specifically to meet the needs of independent school educators and their students.

This innovative course brings small teams of educators and students from independent schools together to enage in hands-on investigations, citizen science research projects, and inquiry-based field studies designed to deepen understanding of the Amazon rainforest ecosystem. Working with field researchers as well as Maijuna community members, participants will dig deep into the complexities of rainforest conservation and sustainable development - and explore how to improve sustainability efforts back home.  This collaborative opportunity is designed to engage educators and students alike, with break out sessions to meet your different goals and objectives.

Course Rationale
Study Sites, Projects, & Partners
Maijuna on the Sucusari

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