Since 1987 the Museum's Educator of Excellence Institutes have provided exceptional educators with staff development opportunities that transform the way they view and teach natural sciences. Educators from across North Carolina have been inspired by their experiences in outstanding natural areas such as Belize , Ecuador , and Yellowstone National Park . These workshops are subsidized by the Educators of Excellence Fund , which enables selected educators to experience the natural world firsthand.
Ecuador Culture and Ecology InstituteDates: June 18-27, 2014
Location: Ecuador, South America and Raleigh, NC
Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous, including walking/hiking at in both high heat/humidity and at extremely high altitudes
Cost: $1,300 (includes supplies, round-trip air travel between Raleigh and Quito, Ecuador, all ground transportation, instruc- tion, lodging, and most meals). Participants are responsible for travel to and from Raleigh, expenses in Raleigh during pre- and post-trip sessions, and personal expenses, including some meals during the Institute.
Explore connections between economics and environment
Learn about Ecuadorian ecosystems and the people who live and work in them
See Heifer International’s success in helping communities to become more self-reliant
Work with local teachers and students
Tropical Ecology Institute
Dates: July 22–30, 2014
Location: Belize, Central America and Raleigh, NC
Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous, including walking/hiking in tropical (high heat/humidity) settings, canoeing and snorkeling
Cost: $1,300 (includes supplies, round-trip air travel between Raleigh and Belize, all ground transportation, instruction, lodging and meals)
Explore a tropical rainforest.
Visit Mayan ruins.
Canoe a tropical river.
Snorkel over a Caribbean reef.
Visit a Belizean classroom.
This program changed my life and teaching direction.
3rd grade teacher, McDowell County
I wish all educators could experience this Institute – it would make all our schools a better place to teach and learn.
8th grade teacher, Burke County
Learn more about the Educators of Excellence Fund  and contribute to the program!