• This summer select CHANCE participants will head into the wilds of Costa Rica and Panama to explore, research, and help conserve biodiversity.
  • Motivating students to think critically about conservation issues while transforming them into the problem solvers that our society desperately needs.
  • Field research that focuses on real-world issues like global climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution of ecosystems.
  • Participants EXPLORE species biodiversity, RESEARCH ecology, and CONSERVE the biological structure of select and threatened ecosystems around the world.
  • Empowered by connecting people with nature to promote a global-minded citizenry and the conservation of the world's biodiversity.

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CHANCE Newswire

14 September 2014
OrioleMore Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change
The report looked at more than 40 years of climate data and records from bird censuses conducted by the Audubon and the U.S. Geological Survey. Researchers compared changes in bird migration patterns to changes in climate to predict the fate of 588 bird species now found in the U.S. and Canada.
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10 September 2014
Releasing turtle into water
Slow Nesting Season for Sea Turtles

The sluggish nesting season for the giant loggerhead sea turtle wrapped up over the Labor Day weekend. And preliminary numbers show volunteers in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina counted far fewer loggerhead nests in 2014 than in recent years.
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12 August 2014
Photo credit: Girl Scouts of America
Photo credit: Girl Scouts of America
CHANCE and the Girl Scouts

Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, Founding Director of CHANCE and Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will be the keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of Orange County's August Kick-off at the University of California, Irvine on Saturday, August 16. Dr. McLaughlin will share her insights into how volunteers can create fun STEM experiences for girls to help develop their ingenuity, creativity, and critical thinking skills in her address: STEM. The program is titled "Build Her Future".

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Field Courses

CHANCE China 2015 Field Course

A Penn State University, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, and Nanjing University, China collaboration. The focus of this course will be on China fresh water supply and conversation efforts needed to restore and preserve them. Undergraduate students selected from all three institutions will learn about the Yangtze River watershed and the past, present, and future ecological and economic realities of this important resource. Field research will focus on ecological wastewater treatment systems and the reuse of aquatic biomass for the production of biofuels and fertilizers. A highlight for this program will be an international student-run panel discussion in Beijing on the sustainability of China’s fresh water supply and an overnight stay on the Great Wall of China. (Date for field course: July, 2015)

Jiangnan University Nanjing University


CHANCE Costa Rica/Panama 2015 Field Course

OTS logoA Penn State University and Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)/La Selva collaboration. The focus of this program, Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems, which includes spring, 2015 online and summer, 2015 field course components, is to explore rainforest, coral reefs, sea grasses, and mangrove root ecosystems. The word explore is all encompassing here as it not only means to physically experience theses ecosystems with all the human senses open, but to question the phenomena that are affecting the maintenance, loss, and restoration of the biological diversity within these fragile environments through research. A highlight of the field course will be working with nesting sea turtles and hatchlings to ensure the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations worldwide. (DATES for field course: June-July, 2015)
Field Course Website coming soon!

CHANCE Recognition

Burkert Fluid Control SystemCHANCE would like to take a moment to recognize one of its newest sponsors, Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, for its work to bring sustainable solutions to our world's most challenging water realities.

Bürkert is one of the world's leading companies for measurement, control and regulation technology. Over 2,100 employees in 34 countries are constantly engineering systems and solutions in response to the dynamic and exciting challenges presented by water, steam, gases and other media. Bürkert combines experience and courage to walk the extra mile to yield sustainable and exemplar solutions to any challenge it embraces. It is this balance that leads to its success as a leader in water applications around the world.

Bürkert is where ideas FLOW and water's future is embraced by engineered products that yield innovative and sustainable answers.

Featured Video

The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

Other CHANCE featured videos:
2014 IPCC Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change
Journalist Sean Gallagher on the Tibetan Plateau
Paul Morgan – Against Rhythm: How Postmodern Humans can Wake Up and Find their Groove »
Ghost of the Caribbean Expedition »
CHANCE 2011 Lake Taihu and Water Analysis Video »


24 July 2014
CHANCE Fellow Wins U.S State Department Prestigious Award
eagle emblemCongratulations to 2014 CHANCE Fellow, Cinda Murray, for being selected for the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program offered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of educational and Cultural Affairs! As part of the TGC, Cinda will be participating in an online professional development course, attend a Global Education Symposium in Washington D.C., travel on an international fellowship for a two or three week in-country visit, and be available for alumni professional development sessions and micro-grants. CHANCE knows that Cinda will take her conservation experiences (and spirit) to enrich the curriculum in the international classrooms, and all the classrooms, that she embraces. Good luck and keep us posted along your TGC journey.

Learn About Our Other Fellows »

Resources For Educators

14 September 2014
Celebrating Biodiversity, Big and Small

Kick off the new academic year with some amazing new resources that explore biodiversity on our planet and how to sustain the environment for future generations. Many of them were produced through a partnership between Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Visit BioInteractive website »

10 September 2014
The Polar Center
Polar Science: A Teachers Guide to Climate Change Workshop

If you are a 7th-12th grade teacher, you will want to attend this FREE Polar Science Teacher Workshop on Friday, January 30, 2014 from 8am - 4 pm at The Pennsylvania State University. ACT 48 credits are provided. Free parking and lunch are provided. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to bring their students to campus for Polar day (Friday, March 20, 2015) with school bus/van expenses paid by The Polar Center.
Registration is FREE! Space is limited, 24-30 spots available.
Register here »

03 September 2014
Ecology Project International logoEPI Offers Marine Education Fellowship
The Marine Education Fellowship, sponsored by Ecology Project International, brings a select group of educators into the field every year for 8 days of field-science education.

The Marine Education Fellowship is primarily designed for high school teachers. However, 8th grade teachers, college professors, school administrators, and travel program coordinators are welcome to apply. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in science education and will be committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for their students. Applicants must have plans to continue teaching after their participation in the Fellowship, and past participating Fellows are ineligible to reapply. Accepted Fellows pay a $250 tuition fee by Oct. 31, 2014 to secure their participation. All in-country expenses for the fellowship are covered by EPI except international airfare. In-country transportation, meals, lodging, instruction and activity fees are included at no extra cost. To apply, please visit http://www.ecologyproject.org/get_involved/mefenroll.
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31 August 2014

Join NE-ASTE in New York, NY on October 16-17, 2014

The Association for Science Education Teachers (ASTE) is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels. CHANCE is proud to announce the 2014 Northeast Region Association for Science Teacher Education (NE-ASTE) meeting. The conference will be held in NYC with events hosted at Teachers College and the American Museum of Natural History from the afternoon of Thursday, October 16th through early evening, Friday, October 17th. The deadline to submit proposals and for advanced registration is October 1st.

Multiple hotel options and new fee structures are in place encourage the entire science teacher education community to attend.
Registration and details »

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Resources For Students

03 September 2014
Society for Conservation Biology
Society for Conservation Biology Job Board

This job posting service is offered free of charge to the conservation community via the outreach efforts of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)! For more information about this job board, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
Visit SCB Job Board now»

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