Field Trip Earth
Elephant in Cameroon awakes from aneshesia
after collaring – Jason Loomis
This innovative, award-winning website, launched in 2002, was developed by North Carolina teachers to teach K-12 students about conservation while meeting the requirements of the North Carolina Course of Study. Today, the website serves classrooms in all 50 states and in more than 140 countries worldwide. FTE engages students by connecting them with wildlife researchers while they are working in the field.
More than 100 authors have contribute articles, photos, videos and other resources to the site, each telling his or her stories about working for wildlife. The sites virtual field trips visit an elephant research project in Cameroon, a red wolf recovery effort in northeastern North Carolina, a peregrine falcon reintroduction program in Minnesota, the Mexican wolf recovery initiative in New Mexico and Arizona, and many other programs.
Each of the site’s field trips provides learners from around the world the opportunity to interact with wildlife researchers and other conservation experts. Students can read researchers’ field diary entries, direct questions to the researchers and read their responses, listen to recorded satellite telephone calls and other communications, see video taken in the field, and discuss conservation issues. Professional development available for North Carolina teachers focuses on integrating Field Trip Earth across the curriculum.
In 2009, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) named Field Trip Earth (www.fieldtripearth.org
) a “Landmark Website for Education”, a distinction it shares with twenty other sites including GoogleEarth, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and NASA.