The above courses, taken sequentially and as a unit, will immerse participants in worldwide realities and research experiences that address the “Taking Action on Climate Change” environmental priority set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The overarching goal of both courses is to explore and examine ways in which the biodiversity of a wide variety of habitats in Central America are being affected by climate change and the ways in which conservation and sustainable development can be practiced in order to improve the global environment. As an indirect benefit the participants (pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers, and Penn State undergraduates and graduate students) will also experience the biogeography, culture, politics, economics, and history of Panama, particularly as they relate to the Panama Canal.
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"I will argue that every scrap of biological diversity is priceless, to be learned and cherished, and never to be surrendered without a struggle."
Note that all participants are required to carry out on-line assignments over a three-month period throughout the spring semester in order to prepare for a two and one-half week intense practicum in Panama wherein hands-on conservation activities and/or research will be undertaken alongside academics, field scientists and conservation biologists at the selected biological field stations throughout Panama affiliated with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
CHANCE welcomes not only Pennsylvania applicants, but K-12 in-service teachers from throughout