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[Teacher Name]


Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado

EarthwatchStudent Expeditions

[Name of High School]

what is earthwatch
What is earthwatch?

Since 1971, Earthwatch has made it possible for people from all walks of life to join leading scientists around the world to help with crucial environmental research.

the mission of student expeditions
The Mission of Student Expeditions

To engage students worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

earthwatch around the globe
Earthwatch Around the Globe

Earthwatch has 20 Student Expeditions in 16 countries.

earthwatch research pillars
Earthwatch Research Pillars

Earthwatch offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to conserve and explore our planet while delving into one of four research areas.

earthwatch by the numbers
Earthwatch By The Numbers

Last year, Earthwatch:

  • Sent 3,150 participants aged 10 to 80 on research expeditions.
  • Supported 141,520 hours of research done by volunteers across our whole portfolio of expeditions.

Research teams are typically composed of three to five staff members, plus one or more teacher chaperones—so your teen is in excellent hands! 

benefits of an earthwatch expedition
Benefits of an Earthwatch expedition
  • Learn experientially through scientific field research.
  • Work directly with environmental science experts.
  • Get a boost for university applications and résumés.
  • Explore career paths in the sciences.
  • Support local communities and local educational initiatives.
  • Grow personally and gain confidence.
benefits of international travel
Benefits of International Travel

Students who travel internationally before the age of 18 do better.

  • In high school: more than 80% had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • In college: more than 88% received a college degree.
  • At work: half of travelers surveyed reported a household income of more than $75,000 as adults.

Source: The Student Youth & Travel Association, The Impact of Early Travel Experiences (2010 survey).

a typical earthwatch experience
A Typical Earthwatch experience
  • Teams for run 7 to 15 days.
  • Teams accommodate 7 to 20 volunteers.
  • Students will take on 2 to 5 research tasks per team.
  • Students stay in simple but comfortable accommodations in the field.
overview uncovering the mysteries of ancient colorado
Overview: Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado

People moved into the uninhabited Four Corners region 1,500 years ago. Join Earthwatch on a dig in Colorado’s Mesa Verde region to find out who they were and how they lived.

the research uncovering the mysteries of ancient colorado
The research: Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado
  • Excavate sites where people once lived to look for artifacts such as pottery, stone tools, and animal bones.
  • Use cutting-edge technology to search the land for clues that old dwelling sites might be underground.
  • Back in the lab, identify artifacts and help determine what period of time they came from.
meals accommodations uncovering the mysteries of ancient colorado
Meals & Accommodations: Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado
  • You will stay in Navajo-style log cabins called hogans. Each hoganhouses up to four people in a single room; shower and bathroom facilities are in a separate building.
  • Breakfast and dinner are prepared by Crow Canyon’s kitchen staff. Meals will be served cafeteria-style in the lodge.
  • Have picnic lunches at theresearch site, taking in beautiful mesa views as you eat.
lead scientist uncovering the mysteries of ancient colorado
Lead Scientist: Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado

Susan RyanResearch Archaeologist, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Susan Ryan is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona in the U.S.

“I came out to the Southwest when my aunt and uncle relocated from Chicago to Albuquerque when I was a teenager, and was really lucky enough to see living pueblos like Akima and Zuni,” Dr. Ryan told Earthwatch. “They took me to archaeological sites, and I really fell in love with the Southwest. I realized that modern pueblo people are still here, and archaeology is incredible, and it’s really what I wanted to do. So I relocated to the Southwest, working on archaeology projects ever since.”

safety welfare uncovering the mysteries of ancient colorado
Safety & Welfare: Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado
  • Each Earthwatch project has a robust emergency response plan that it will follow in case of injuries or other emergencies.
  • Project staff includes one EMT and four other staff members who are trained in CPR and first aid.
  • All volunteers will have up-to-date immunizations.
other considerations
Other considerations
  • Passports & Visas: Citizens of the U.S. need a passport or other photo ID. Citizens of Europe need a passport, but DO NOT need tourist visas. Minors must also have a notarized letter from all parents or legal guardians stipulating that they may travel in the presence of an adult other than their parent or guardian.
  • Insurance: Your contribution to Earthwatch includes insurance and medical evacuation coverage.
  • Flights: The teacher leading the expedition will coordinate travel.
  • Language: All Earthwatch expeditions are led in English.
  • Packing Requirements: Earthwatch will provide an expedition briefing 90 days before the expedition with details of what to bring (and lots of other information).
next steps
Next Steps
  • Provide a $300 deposit and complete the Group Volunteer Registration Form by [Month, XX, 20XX].
  • Call me with any questions or to enroll your teen.

Contact info: [Ms./Mr. Teacher][Name of High School][][(XXX) XXX-XXXX]