My Adventure Story
The Delicate Connection of the People and the Biology of the Rain Forest of Costa Rica.
Me and five other graduate students from Bank Street College of Education of Education in New York City are going on a two week hands on study abroad trip to Costa Rica.
I currently work with grades k-5. At Bank Street I am enrolled in the General Elementary Education program. My primary interest is in teaching grades 4 and 5. I am particularly interested in teaching my students about sustainability, conservation and social equality.
While in Costa Rica I would like to explore what impact human development has on the ecosystem of the rain forest and what efforts if any are being taken to prevent or minimize the effects of human development. Is Costa Rica experiencing expanding suburban sprawl, that encroaches on the habitats of native species as does the United States. I am pondering how can I use this course to help show my students the necessity and benefits of living a green life. I will keep on the lookout for relevant examples to bring back to my students. I often hear that rain forests have many undiscovered species and cures of many diseases may be found in the forest. What efforts are being made to identify these species and who is identifying them?