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.
We work with a partner organization – the Andros Conservancy and Trust — to 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, shallow reef systems, and the western shore national park area that sees very few visitors.
The goals of this experience are for graduate students to:
- Apply their natural history and research skills to learn new ecosystems
- Apply principles of environmental education to imagine, design, and deliver curricula through active school programs
- Explore leadership and administration challenges that are quite different than the U.S. model of conservation
- See firsthand the implications of climate change on island countries and understand our commitment to carbon offsets: a large and important environmental education issue
- Work with Bahamians to design environmental education efforts in a new cultural context
Join us for this unique opportunity!