ABOUT GTREK: SCIENCE AND ADVENTURE
Teachers have goals, and so do we. Our goal is to help expand your classroom and show your students the world. Study birds in Costa Rica, examine how climate change is affecting the plants, glaciers and wildlife of Glacier National Park, work with researchers studying Bottlenosed Dolphins in Belize, snorkel and study coral reefs in Florida, or witness the geological dynamics of our planet in Yellowstone National Park. We are your educational partner and together we can get you and your students into the global classroom. Upon arrival back home, you will have a different and more inspired group of students.
Accomplished by: revising the Leopold Land Ethic – rooted in the belief of working landscapes, that natural resources can and should be used for the benefit of human communities/mankind but not at the expense of natural, healthy, functioning wildlife and plant communities. And, that by being on the land, interacting with animals, working (and playing) in natural landscapes is absolutely essential to developing the land ethic.
WHY A GTREK PROGRAM?
Research shows, the outdoor classroom promotes creativity, critical thinking, increases attention and motivation and improves student achievement. Your program can be used for high school or college credit or to enhance academic standards (state, district, STEM, Common Core).
The life skills you develop on a Gtrek program contribute to your cognitive, social and physical development. Whether learning how to track grizzly bears in the Montana wilderness, or to snorkel and count fish on coral reefs, or pitch a tent, you will realize your potential and be prepared to apply the lessons learned throughout your lifetime.
Both teachers and students work closely with skilled professionals in the sciences, land and ocean stewardship, sustainability providing opportunities for professional growth and developing future careers.
Each program includes the option for 8-24 hours of service work. Service learning explores important social, political, environmental and economic issues, cements values and beliefs, and develops the potential to make a difference at home or in the world.
DIRECTOR OF GTREK AND
ROCKY MOUNTAINS LEAD GUIDE
Before student travel, Paul had a ten year career directing place-based education programs in Montana for The Nature Conservancy and Montana Audubon. Paul lives in the Rocky Mountain West and has explored a majority of the Northern Rockies national parks, including a one year study at the Teton Science School in Teton National Park. Paul believes that a good trip equals abundant wildlife, landscape vistas, and few traces of a human footprint. He has a passion for helping young people connect with the outdoors through recreation and learning. He now lives in Hamilton, MT in the Bitterroot Valley with his wife and two children.
COSTA RICA LEAD GUIDE
Daniel directs our Costa Rica operations and acts as lead guide for the Global Travel Alliance Gtrek Costa Rica program. Daniel holds Costa Rica Tourism Board licenses for general tourism and naturalism, and has received additional training in Biology Conservation in Latin America, Forest Interpretation, and Birds of Costa Rica. Daniel is an excellent guide and has a vast knowledge of Costa Rica along with outstanding naturalist skills. Daniel also leads the School Sponsor and Leaf Cutter programs for Global Doing Good with help from his wife Andrea.
Michael has been immersed in education and coaching for more than two decades. His love of learning has led to a Bachelor's Degree in geography with a concentration in environmental analysis, followed by a Masters of Arts in teaching. During his career as an educator and curriculum developer he has had the opportunity to work with students and teachers around the world and with such organizations as National Geographic, NASA, UCAR, the National Science Foundation, The GLOBE Program and the University of Colorado. He has been leading student research groups throughout East Africa and the Middle East for over 10 years.
DR. MIKKI McCOMB-KOBZA
FACULTY ADVISOR AND INSTRUCTOR - OCEAN EXPEDITIONS
Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza is passionate about sharing her love of the ocean, the joy of exploration and the critical importance of science. She holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University and is the author of numerous scientific publications. Her research focuses on the ecological physiology of sharks, skates and rays. Mikki has been invited to speak, educate and conduct research at labs and institutions in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her outreach efforts have been documented in film, magazine and radio by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada. Mikki is currently the Executive Director of Oceans First Institute where she works to bridge the gap between research and public engagement and engage young people in hands on scientific research and discovery.