This summer, two Lincoln County teachers will experience the natural world like never before as part of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciencesâ€™ Educators of Excellence Institutes.
Linda B. Yoder of North Lincoln High School will be going to the Yellowstone Ecology Institute from June 9-17.
At Americaâ€™s first national park, Yoder will study wildlife ranging from gray wolves to grizzly bears.
She will also study the parkâ€™s unique geology, learn about the role of fire in natural ecosystems and discuss conservation and environmental issues similar to those in North Carolina.
Elizabeth G. Bradford of East Lincoln High School will be going to the Belize Ecology Institute July 24 to Aug. 1.
She will learn about similarities between the ecologies of the tropics and North Carolina, study birds, butterflies and other animals unique to the tropics and have the opportunity to explore a rain forest, Mayan ruins and a coral reef.
To qualify for these trips, the teachers had to complete a competitive application process.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Scienceâ€™s Educatorâ€™s of Excellence Institutes aim to inform and empower educators to teach students about North Carolinaâ€™s ecological connections to the rest of the world.
Institute alumni become part of the Educators of Excellence Network, which helps teacher exchange innovative ideas for teaching science and promoting conservation awareness.
More than 280 outstanding North Carolina science educators have participated in Educators of Excellence programs since 1987, sharing their experience with more than 27,000 North Carolina students.
by Special to the LTN