Summer Institute

In collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), the UF Center for Latin American Studies is offering a summer teacher institute entitled “Ecosystems of Latin America”. According to the Nature Conservancy, 659 unique ecological systems have been identified in South America. Latin American ecosystems extend from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego and include a diverse range of systems such as arid deserts, polar wastelands, tropical rainforests and temperate grasslands.
The goal of this institute is to guide teachers through a discovery of Latin American Studies and how international content can be integrated across the curriculum and using emerging technologies and local resources such as the museum. Content will address state science standards making connections between the broad theme of ecosystems to specific topics such as plant, animal and human interaction within the systems.

Williams Elementary teacher, Sandy Davis, shares rainforest activities she uses in class.


This wiki has been created to accompany the 2011 "Ecosystems in Latin America" Summer Institute sponsored by the University of Florida (UF) Center for Latin American Studies,in collaboration with the UF Florida Museum of Natural History.

The goal of the wiki is to provide a platform for teacher participants to collaborate before, during, and after the institute. Additionally, the wiki provides a way to archive the institute presentations and outcomes with other teachers.

We invite educators to take advantage of the resources provided here and join the wiki to add to discussions, contribute resources, and share ideas of what they are doing to bring global perspectives and the sciences to the classroom.
Doctoral student, Santiago Espinosa, talks about his research on jaguars in Ecuador.

Participating Schools

Metcalf Elementary
Caring & Sharing Learning School
Williams Elementary
Idylwild Elementary
J.J Finley Elementary
High Springs Community School
Palm Bay Elementary (Brevard County)
Sabal Elementary School (Brevard County)