Have you ever wanted to visit the Galápagos Islands? This year, 21 IB Biology students at North Shore High School had the remarkable opportunity to visit and explore the Galápagos Islands under the leadership of four adult chaperones including Nancy Cunningham, Seth Klein, Maryalice Kelly, Dana Francis. Teacher Mrs. Cunningham said, “Our IB Biology students were able to revisit the same awe-inspiring sites that Charles Darwin saw when formulating his theory of Natural Selection on which he based his book The Origin of Species.
Located in the Pacific Ocean and considered a province of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’.
Widely known as one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing, the Galápagos Islands contain a wide assortment of plant and animal species, many not found anywhere else in the world. These include the Galapagos penguins and sea lions, the blue-footed booby, the marine iguana and Sally-light-foot crabs which are all indigenous to these islands.
Darwin said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” For certain, the North Shore AP students didn’t waste any time exploring the Galápagos Islands and witnessing first-hand why the Galápagos are known as a “living museum.” This unique educational opportunity will provide our students with knowledge and memories that will last a lifetime.
Photo Caption: Article by Shelly Newman
Pictured are 21 IB Biology students at North Shore High School who had the remarkable opportunity to visit and explore the Galápagos Islands under the leadership of four adult chaperones.
Photos provided by North Shore Students, Seth Klein, and Nancy Cunningham