Adam Smith from Hood River Middle School has been selected as one this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2014 Fellows, a group of 25 highly educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on Lindblad voyages aboard National Geographic Explorer for a hands-on experience for professional development.
Each year, K-12 educators are encouraged to apply for this one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity. The Fellows will travel later this year on in-depth, eight- to 14-day expeditions to locations including Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, the Canadian Maritimes and Antarctica. They will experience firsthand the landscapes, wildlife and cultures unique to these parts of the world, including formidable glaciers, polar bears and penguins, through hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions and cultural outings.
Led by expert Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team members, including Lindblad naturalists, a National Geographic photographer and an undersea specialist, the Fellows will gain a wealth of knowledge to develop activities and lesson plans for their classrooms and to share with professional colleagues and communities upon returning home.
Before their expeditions, the Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C., for a pre-voyage workshop with hands-on sessions on outreach planning and photography as well as opportunities to learn about the ship, meet Lindblad Expeditions’ naturalists and network with previous years’ Fellows to maximize their experience.