Brazil - Saving Golden Lion Tamarins
Hawai‘i: Saving Species
Galápagos: Islands of Change
Paraguay: Eco-Leadership
Baja California, Mexico: Field Methods
Costa Rica: Neotropical Ecology
Queensland, Australia: Great Barrier Reef
Mongolia: Steppe Ecology & Civic Media
India: Species, Deities, & Communities
Guyana: Local Wisdom & Conservation
Borneo: Primate Conservation
Amazon: Avian & Tropical Ecology
Thailand: Buddhism and Conservation
Namibia: Great Cat Conservation
Belize: Approaches to Environmental Stewardship
Kenya: Wildlife & People in Integrated Landscapes

Appeared February 2016
Published in Science & Children

In Start With a Story GFP student and former student programs coordinator at Lincoln Park Zoo Sarah Dunifon, a school librarian, teachers and elementary students from five Chicago schools collaborated to use technology and a story to bridge STEM into STEAM (STEM + Art = STEAM. The project used the One Book, One Community format to get students to read and discuss The One and Only Ivan, a book written by Katherine Applegate about the true story of silverback gorilla Ivan who was isolated in captivity for 27 years in a shopping mall arcade. Through a cross-curricular collaboration, students were immersed in activities that allowed them to experience and express the natural world around them and to realize the power of friendship and hope.

Our December 2015 AIP and GFP graduates are featured in a number of hometown newspapers and alumni news magazines.

Advanced Inquiry Program

Heather Batts, Colby McElrath, Brittney Weaver, Ali Young, Sharon Garrison and Sara Shanahan, of Littleton, all of Colo., in a Denver Zoo blog

Heather Williams, of Redmond, Wash., in the Redmond-Reporter

Amy Peterson, of Carnation, Wash., in the Snoqualmie Valley Record

Craig Sammetinger, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, in The Lima News

Cecelia Bosma, of Avondale, Ariz., in the West Valley View

Jennifer Emery, of Temecula, Calif., in Valley News

Tessie Goheen, of Bremerton, Wash., in the Kitsap Sun

Faith Hilterbrand, of Hilliard, Ohio, in a Cincinnati Zoo blog

Sean Leugers, of Dublin, Ohio, in the Bishop Hartley High School news

Hilary Blair, of Mesa, Ariz., in the Mesa Independent

Stephanie Alexander, of San Diego, Calif., and Jeff Kepper, of La Jolle, Calif., in the San Diego Zoo Global Academy Newsletter

Global Field Program

Nathan Spriggs, of Waverly, Ohio, in The Pike County News Watchman

Rachel Kingsley, of Volcano, Hawai'i, in the Tribune Herald

Henry Bryant, of Marlborough, Mass., in The MetroWest Daily News

Lauren Drossman, of Sandusky, Ohio, in the Sandusky Register

Abby Harris, of Bowling Green, Ky., in the Simpson County Schools homepages

Appeared March 2015
Published in Marine Ecology Progress Series

Global Field Program graduate Kathryn McQueen and others examined the Planktonic ingress of fiddler crab megalopae to the Newport River Estuary, NC: evidence for semilunar periodicity in Uca pugnax and species-specific sampling bias by hog’s hair larval collectors. Their findings, published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, indicated that sampling of settlement of fiddler crab megalopae onto hog’s hair collectors was dominated by U. pugnax and that future experiments would be needed to examine differences in thigmotaxis and other behavioral differences among the three species.

Appeared January 2015
Published in Science Scope

In Plotting Plants Global Field Program student and teacher Megan Menker involved her middle school students in tracking invasive species in the local community through the use of research, geocaching technology, posters, presentations and out-of-class activities. From beginning to end, the life science unit spanned two weeks of class time, giving students time to engage with the community and gain a greater appreciation for native flora and a heightened awareness of the ecological issues caused by invasive plants in their community.

Appeared November 2015
Published in The Science Teacher

In Hummingbird Citizen Science Global Field Program graduate and teacher Rima Givot helps students make connections in her classroom. Through a citizen science hummingbird project, Givot's students were able to collaborate and experience in real research and critical global environmental issues, such as pollination, habitat fragmentation, and migration.