A Fort Walton Beach High School biology teacher has been selected to participate in an eight-day teacher fellowship in Costa Rica.
Staci Danko, along with a small group of U.S. and international teachers, will travel to the Caribbean coast of the Latin American country from April 20-27 to join the nonprofit organization Ecology Project International (EPI), according to a press release.
EPI is a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecologically critical environments in Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Baja Mexico, Yellowstone, Hawaii and Belize.
Since 2000, the nonprofit has worked with more than 10,500 students at their field sites in Costa Rica, many of whom were local Costa Rican students.
On this year’s 6th annual fellowship, Danko will participate in a modified version of EPI’s sea turtle ecology program.
She will be immersed in Costa Rica’s diverse ecology and will spend 4 days at Pacuare Reserve, a leatherback sea turtle preserve and three days at Tirimbina, a rainforest preserve, all while learning about education in the field and how it can be used to enrich every classroom.
The group will also meet with Costa Rican teachers and students for a day of cultural exchange.