Biology Teachers Awarded Grant to Study Rainforest

by Captain Bill

Biology Teachers Receive Grant to Study the Amazon Rainforest

Sally, Sue, and I with our home town newspaper, in Iquitos Peru

Two biology teachers from my home area of west central Indiana have been in Iquitos Peru for the last two days. They were chosen from over 650 applicants for an Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant, and are feeling honored to be participating. They take notes and photographs of everything and I know they will learn more than most visitors to the Amazon. They are being great students, one of the first steps to being a great teacher.

We have been to the Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, the Yagua village, Las Boas serpentarium, the Amazon River, and watched pink and gray dolphins. We have visited two small river villages to see how the riberiños live. This morning we are cruising up the Nanay River in Dawn on the Amazon III, into the rare white sand forest of Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve to learn about the real rainforest.

Dawn on the Amazon has one of the most comprehensive libraries of field research books on the upper Amazon Rainforest of Peru, and makes a great mobile base camp to study Rainforest ecology.

I will report back on the Captains blog in a few days about the results of our study of the Amazon rainforest.

Sally, Sue and I, in front of my office, and home building

Biology Teachers Receive Grant to Study Amazon Rainforest

Bill Grimes, President of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises

Here is the story of Sally and Sue’s study of the rainforest with Dawn on the Amazon; Why Does the Sloth Swim Across the River?

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1 Sally Simpson July 8, 2008 at 9:13 am

We are two Indiana teachers who spent 4 days on the Dawn of the Amazon III which was a once in a lifetime experience.

The guides provided an experience that a gringo could develop a passion for the Amazon Rainforest. So much to learn about and so little time.

The Peruvian cuisine was to die for!! Fresh fruit juice made every meal.

They provided a wealth of information on Peru and the Rainforest. The day trips were well worth the time and immersed us in the Peruvian culture. Going to the Belen Market, Butterfly Farm, zoo, Boa Farm and more were captivation experiences made special by the wonderful caring people of Peru.

We felt safe everywhere we went in Iquitos.

Bill, Marmalita and staff made our trip very educational and fun.

If you want an adventure out of the ordinary, the Dawn on the Amazon is for you!!

2 Bill July 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Hi Sally, Hi Sue, Thank you for the kind thoughts and words. We enjoyed your company very much and appreciate your recommendation of “an adventure out of the ordinary.”

Best wishes,
Bill and Marmelita

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