Framingham High Educator Receives International Fellowship in Marine Ecology

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FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham High School teacher has been selected for a summer teaching fellowship focused on marine ecology in Baja, Mexico.

Out of hundreds of applications from talented educators, Rebecca Maynard has been selected by the non-profit organization Ecology Project International (EPI) to participate in an 8-day teacher fellowship in Baja, Mexico.

Ecology Project International is a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecological hotspots including in Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Belize, Mexico, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Since 2005, EPI has reached more than 19,000 students and teachers with its Baja Mexico ecology and
youth leadership programs.

During the upcoming Ecology Project International Fellowship, Maynard and a small group of carefully
selected teachers will experience the field course for themselves, gaining skills and resources they can
bring back to the classroom.

“This experience pushed me outside of my comfort zone, honed skills I already had, and taught me completely new concepts,” recalled Julia Horton, a 2018 EPI Teacher Fellow. “The entire professional development accomplished more of my bucket list items than any other trip or training.”

On this year’s 10th annual EPI Fellowship, Maynard will be immersed in the diverse ecology of the area, home to 39% of the world’s marine mammal species. Days will be spent on Espiritu Santo Island, a
UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve, and will involve underwater data collection and lessons in
incorporating field studies into the classroom. The group will also meet with Mexican students and
explore the cultural heritage of the city of La Paz. This EPI Teacher Fellowship takes place March 5 – 12, 2022.

Established in 2001, Ecology Project International ‘s mission is to inspire youth with nature and empower them with science, fostering tomorrow’s leaders. EPI envisions a diverse movement building communities that cherish and restore the ecosystems that sustain them.

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