Is Belize on your bucket list?


(12/27/2017)

You won’t find endless miles of white sandy beaches or enclaves of luxury high rises, but you will find a different paradise in Belize’s pristine, protected ecosystems, including the second largest barrier reef in the world and some of the most biologically rich expanses of primary rainforest in the Western Hemisphere.

Although small, Belize’s population boasts unparalleled pride in the country’s flagship status in sustainable ecotourism. However, new threats, including oil extraction and mass cruise ship tourism, have the potential to disrupt and dismantle this legacy. Along with learning about the positive and profound ways that educational ecotourism can impact students, you’ll also learn the role that this industry will have in protecting the future economic and ecological health of this incredible little country.

Join Jennifer Cochran Biederman and Elizabeth Micheel on January 6 at Eagle Bluff’s Dinner on the Bluff as they define how Belize is focused on being environmentally sustainable.

Experience the best of Belize with lessons, adventures, and tales that include:

• What is authentic ecotourism and why can’t you find it from a cruise ship?
• How Belize has the perfect makings for it to become an international leader in ecotourism.
• How authentic experiences in educational ecotourism can have profound, lasting, and life-changing impacts.
• How grassroots educational organizations like the Maya Mountain Research Farm are playing a critical role in protecting the integrity of Belize in the face of increasing pressure.
• A menu containing Belizean fare, featuring seafood, rice, beans, citrus and plantains.
Both Micheel and Cochran Biederman are deeply rooted in Belize, and after hearing them on January 6 at Eagle Bluff, they hope you will leave with Belize near the top of your travel bucket list.

Jennifer Cochran Biederman, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the biology department at Winona State University. Her research interests center on the ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. She has an almost equal affinity for tropical rivers and trout streams. Since her first trip to Belize in 1999, she has returned at least a dozen times to volunteer, carry out research, and teach undergraduates about Neotropical ecology and conservation.

Elizabeth Micheel, M.S. ,holds a master’s degree in biology and works as an instructor at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona. She is currently leading the task force for the development of a sustainable agriculture program at the college. In Belize, Micheel spent time at the Maya Mountain Research Farm (MMRF) in an effort to build partnerships for experiential learning for students. In February 2018, Micheel is coordinating a speaking tour for Christopher Nesbitt, the founder of MMRF.

 

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