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Hillsborough: Duke Farms Naturalist Sets Sail with National Geographic

Tanya Sulikowski, director of Programs at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Credits: Courtesy Duke Farms

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -Tanya Sulikowski, manager of programs at Duke Farms, has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows.

The 2017 Fellows, a group of 35 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on global expeditions onboard the Lindblad expedition ships—National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour ll and National Geographic Sea Lion—for a hands-on experience for professional development.

Each year, pre-K–12 educators are encouraged to apply for this one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity. Fellows enhance their geographic learning through direct, hands-on field experience and bring that knowledge back to their classrooms and professional communities.

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Sulikowski, a 2017 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, also serves as vice president of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education and was the 2016 recipient of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s Women and Wildlife Award for Education. Her true passion is getting students outdoors and inspiring them to discover their connections to the natural world.

Starting later this year, the Fellows will begin their 10- to 17-day expeditions to locations including the Canadian High Arctic, Antarctica, Southeast Alaska, Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland and Galápagos Islands. Accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, ranging from undersea specialists to National Geographic photographers, the Fellows will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration. The excursions will educationally immerse the Fellows in learning and give them new knowledge to bring back to their local classrooms and professional communities.

Before their voyages, the Fellows travel to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they participate in hands-on, pre-expedition workshops covering photography and outreach planning and had the opportunity to network with Lindblad Expeditions naturalists and past Fellows.

“The National Geographic Society aims to further global understanding and support educators, like the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows,” said Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. “I look forward to seeing how the Fellows will share this unique opportunity with their local communities to enhance geographic knowledge and global awareness.”

“These are outstanding educators who are committed to improving geographic education and ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders are responsible stewards of our ocean and our planet. We are honored to share with them some of the world’s remotest and most pristine places to help fuel their passion to share knowledge, and the world, with their students,” said Sven Lindblad, CEO and founder of Lindblad Expeditions.

This year marks the 11th year of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education.


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