Summer Day Camps- 2017

This summer, in Benzie County, Michigan, choose from five weeks of themed nature camps!   There are three different weeks for ages 7-11, and two weeks for ages 3-6.   The week will be split between two great locations that are only a few miles apart from each other. This will give us ample time Read More …

Winter Wonderland

I have to admit, winter really isn’t my season, and I have actively avoided it for most of my adult life. In a current attempt to embrace winter before I leave to teach in Florida for the rest of the semester, I am offering a series of educational programming on the subject. I find that Read More …

Nature Explorers at Grow Benzie

Register for Nature Explorers classes at Grow Benzie by contacting amaliaceleste@gmail.com or 231-871-0276.    My environmental education organization, Nature Explorers International (NEI), has recently found an incredible community partnership at Grow Benzie. At my new office and classroom space, I have the opportunity to both ground NEI in the community, and give it room to flourish. My Read More …

Women Who Travel Solo Series

I’m very honored to have been featured in Something In Her Ramblings travel blog as part of the Women Who Travel Solo Series. I hope that my story about volunteering in Uganda will help to inspire other women to travel solo in Africa. Lauren Salisbury’s travel blog focuses on providing resources and tips for solo travelers Read More …

Sunset Over the Sahara

  Observations from the plane on my first trip to mainland Africa for this week’s Throwback Thursday (January, 2011)…   Vast plains of sand spread below the airplane window as the orange light of the setting sun illuminated sandy peaks and a winding river. The Sahara desert is the largest in the world, covering one Read More …

Make a Leaf Rubbing Poster

  After trekking for two days through a Thai bamboo jungle with a stomach bug, I arrived in a small Karen village. I was sick, muddy, sweaty, and exhausted. But the first thing that I did was find the children and took out the bubbles, crayons, and paper that had traveled all that way in Read More …

Deep in the Colombian Andes

A thick blanket of clouds settles above rolling valleys of green and high peaks of blue. There is a wildness among the calm, a mystery behind the seen, a danger lurking beneath the beauty. The Northern Andes mountains of Colombia are home to incredibly unique animals and vibrant cultures that have been threatened by civil Read More …

To Impact a Community

February 11, 2011   Mud walls, cracked and dry, are packed between vertically stacked sticks that reach about head high. I look over the wall to two similarly constructed classrooms. Children are crowded on benches, bare feet on dirt floors. Uniforms neatly tucked in, they sit obediently and wait. The head master enters, smartly dressed Read More …

The Orangutan and the Seed

Across Indonesia and Malaysia, I taught this lesson to hundreds of children during my year in Borneo. Now, you too can share the importance of orangutans as seed dispersers with the children in your life! For free PDF templates of the mask and seed diagram emailed to you, just subscribe to this blog.   Objective: Read More …

Beyond Language Barriers

  January 19, 2012   Shades of blue disappear into distant clouds through the layered peaks of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Chiapas, Mexico. Steep hillsides are dotted with the dark green leaves of the coffee plant, and it is upon this land that the Tztotzil Maya have lived for centuries. Coffee has been Read More …

Hello from Borneo

Before I had a blog, I wrote email updates about my travels. For my first Throwback Thursday post, it’s time to get the Borneo section of this blog started.   This was written on December 6, 2014, after my first Nature Explorers class in Borneo. I was lucky enough to return to the same village for Read More …

Snorkel with Seals in New Zealand

Photo provided by Seal Swim Kaikoura   Have you ever wanted to swim with a seal? In Kaikoura, New Zealand, you can! In this unforgettable experience, you become immersed in an underwater forest that sways with the waves as seals twist in and out of massive stands of kelp. Wetsuit, hood, fins, snorkel, and transportation, are all provided Read More …