In school Collaboration
After each teacher expedition, while in the Arctic, the educators lead a group of 6th grade students in an environmental project to promote awareness around climate change in that given Arctic region. Students are a mix; those who have traveled from mainland USA and those from within the native region.
Traveling students apply to the program and if chosen have the opportunity to receive a full scholarship to participate. Students will: 1) gain perspective of another culture, 2) build new relationships, and 3) be given the chance to promote awareness around climate change through school.
Students spend a full school week (Monday- Friday) up in the remote arctic town. They will arrive the Sunday before and leave the Saturday after. Housing, food, and after school programs are also provided during the experience. Students will fly into locations and be picked up by DTE leadership staff and taken to housing. Example of a typical day...
8:30am - 3 pm (work on environmental project, lunch, culture studies, PE, art)
3pm - 4 pm Journaling
4pm - 5:30pm Afternoon Activity (hike, cross country skiing, museum, meeting local community, celebration of learning)
6pm - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30pm- 8:30pm Story time and getting ready for bed
Stay tuned for 2019/20 information
detailed outline of program
Down to Earth Expeditions will be raising money for four full scholarships based on financial need. Students will either miss one week of school or it will fall on their spring break.
Cost of program includes
housing during program (cots and blow up mattresses at school)
school day programming materials
after school activities
local and organic sourced food dehydrated in the Methow Valley, WA and the opportunity to try native cuisine (three meals a day, plus one snack)
access to trained medical professionals (mental and physical)
flight from Fairbanks, AK to remote village town in Alaska
Transportation by DTE staff member to Wright Airlines from Fairbanks International Airport and back on the other end (an 11-12 year old, can fly as an unaccompanied minor, however I have also seen parents fly to destinations with children and hand them off to staff members on scene)
Flight to Fairbanks, Alaska
Housing before or after program in Fairbanks, AK