On Saturday April 21st, The Merwin Conservancy hosted a workshop for public school teachers in Hawai’i, focusing on National Geographic Society’s “geo-inquiry” process and using photography as a geo-inquiry tool. The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world.
Sponsored by National Geographic and the Hawaii Geographic Alliance in partnership with the Hawai’i Department of Education, this workshop featured instruction and guidance from a very special guest: award-winning National Geographic Explorer Anand Varma. Anand gave a photography lesson to the teachers, and led them on a photo expedition in the Merwin Palm Forest.
In all, it was a wonderful partnership that had a great impact on the 20 teachers participating, who will share all they’ve learned with their students. A follow-up survey is being sent to all participating teachers, and the Conservancy will remain in touch to learn how the ideas and the story of the Conservancy is woven into their classroom lessons.
Please enjoy a few photos from that day, below.