Andros Island is home to the second largest reef in the North Atlantic (124 miles) and has the unique feature of dropping off into the 6,000 foot deep ‘Tongue of the Ocean’. The wall faces east and the deep sunlight penetration allows an incredible array of life. The more shallow reef area for snorkeling is uniquely shaped into zones from the mangrove lagoons to the outer reef.
We work with a partner organization – the Andros Conservancy and Trust — this organization was established in 1999 and has been active in establishing protected areas throughout Andros Island. We will make connections with local schools and the national park system to contribute to environmental education and/or conservation efforts on the island.
We explore several ecological systems including brackish inland waters, mangrove lagoons, the shallow reef system (snorkeling depth) and the western shore national park area that sees very few visitors other than people there fishing for sport (e.g. the famous bonefish).
We believe that our graduate students will benefit through multiple opportunities. Students will;
- apply their natural history and research skills to learn new ecosystems,
- apply principles of EE to imagine, design and/or deliver EE through active school programs or by helping to develop self guided learning opportunities in the parks (anticipating the land management for EE course),
- explore challenges in leadership and administration in a real world scenario that is quite different than the U.S. model of conservation,
- see firsthand a huge EE issue — the implications of climate change on island countries and understand our commitment to carbon offets,
- learn by reflecting on their three weeks in a unique culture, and working with Bahamians learn to design EE in a new cultural context.
Join us for a unique opportunity.