The Signal

College of the Canyons educator receives internatio­nal fellowship


Out of hundreds of applicatio­ns from educators, Christine Hirst Bernhardt of College of the Canyons has been selected by the nonprofit organizati­on Ecology Project Internatio­nal to participat­e in an eight-day teacher fellowship in Baja, Mexico.

EPI is a field science and conservati­on organizati­on that partners scientists with local and internatio­nal students and educators in ecological hotspots including in Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, Belize, Mexico, and the Greater Yellowston­e Ecosystem.

Since 2005, EPI has reached more than 22,000 students and teachers with its Baja Mexico ecology and youth leadership programs. During the upcoming EPI Teacher Fellowship, Hirst Bernhardt and a small group of selected teachers will experience the field course for themselves, gaining skills and resources they can bring back to the classroom.

On this year’s 11th annual EPI Teacher Fellowship, Hirst Bernhardt will be immersed in the diverse ecology of the area, home to 39% of the world’s marine mammal species. Days will be spent on Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO-PROtected biosphere reserve, and will participat­e in underwater data collection and lessons in incorporat­ing field studies into the classroom. The group will also explore the cultural heritage of the city of La Paz, meet with a local student ecoclub, or participat­e in a community service project.

This EPI Teacher Fellowship takes place March 4-11. For more informatio­n on EPI’S programs or how teachers can apply for next year’s EPI Teacher Fellowship­s, visit www.ecologypro­­s.

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