Suzanne Kahn Eder
Suzanne Kahn Eder, education director at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, will spend part of her summer in the Arctic aboard the Lindblad expedition ship National Geographic Explorer after having been selected as a 2013 Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.
The Fellows program recognizes teachers who best demonstrate excellence in geographic education. It provides an opportunity for them to experience geography through a once-in-a-lifetime journey and to share their experiences with their students and communities.
Eder has directed education programs at the Wells Reserve for 5 years. She oversees the Wells Reserve’s teacher workshops, public programs, school field trips, day camps, exhibits, and trailside interpretation. A former National Park Service ranger and now a registered Maine Kayaking Guide, she delights in sharing the wonders of the natural world through field-based education.
This June, Eder will travel to Svalbard, Norway, to experience Arctic landscapes, wildlife, and culture. Led by an expert Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team, including a National Geographic photographer and an undersea specialist, Eder will gain a wealth of knowledge for developing new education programs to share with Wells Reserve visitors and professional colleagues.
This is the seventh year of the Fellows program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education. Cabin space aboard the National Geographic Explorer was donated in perpetuity to the National Geographic Society by Sven-Olof Lindblad and Lindblad Expeditions to mark Grosvenor’s 75th birthday in 2006 and to honor his service in enhancing and improving geographic education across the United States. Additional support for the 2013 program is provided by Google and the Children and Nature Network as well as private funders.
Each year, K-12 educators from around the country are encouraged to apply for this one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity, with the object of enhancing their geographic learning through direct experience, so they can bring that knowledge back to their classrooms and lesson plans.
“This program recognizes outstanding educators for their commitment to improving geographic literacy and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders to be responsible caretakers of our ocean and our planet,” said Sven-Olof Lindblad, founder of Lindblad Expeditions. “We are delighted that these educators will journey to the Arctic with us, and we are proud to support a group of Fellows who are so strongly committed to hands-on geographic education.”
“This partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic ideally combines our two missions,” said John Fahey, chairman of the National Geographic Society and the National Geographic Education Foundation. “We believe in the value of educational travel as well as an understanding of geography and the world around us. Lindblad’s programs are the best and Fellows will have experiences they will never forget, which will prepare them to continue inspiring generations of young people.”
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined in a mission-driven alliance to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, the organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world, as well as to improve geographic education and geo-literacy. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. A joint philanthropic fund that supports science and conservation groups enables better understanding of the world’s remaining special places and fosters the dissemination of geographic knowledge around the globe. Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education have also partnered to create the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program, a field-based professional development opportunity that recognizes educators for their commitment to geography education.
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a 2,250-acre National Estuarine Research Reserve with its headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wells Reserve’s goal is to protect and restore coastal ecosystems around the Gulf of Maine. Staff and volunteers expand knowledge about coasts and estuaries, engage people in environmental learning, and involve communities in conserving natural resources. The work of the Wells Reserve and the care of its historic site are made possible by Laudholm Trust. Organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1982, member-supported Laudholm Trust provides vital monetary and in-kind support to the Wells Reserve. This local support enables the Wells Reserve to receive additional funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.