Happy Arbor Day, everyone! On this special day, celebrated on the last Friday of April, it is customary for people to plant trees to celebrate the importance of nature. The first to celebrate Arbor Day in the United States was a man from Nebraska named J. Sterling Morton in 1872. Serving on the state board of agriculture and a member of the state horticultural society, Morton praised the honorable work of farmers and
When Giovanna Holbrook took on the challenge of leading two University of Florida science professors and a group of naturalists to the Galapagos Islands in 1971, she had no way of knowing the lasting impact that experience would have on her life and on the lives of those traveling with her. Foregoing some creature comforts, the group journeyed throughout the archipelago aboard a retired navy vessel, propelled by thei
Over the years we’ve noticed that group travel programs booked at least one year in advance are usually more successful than the ones that are booked closer to the date of departure. Planning your next program at least one year in advance can offer many benefits for you and your group. 1. It’s more affordable – in many cases, booking in advance means getting better rates for your group. • Lower land
Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited islands, lying approximately 2,180 miles away from the Chilean coast. As such, the native people who first lived on the island, known as the Rapa Nui, were basically in their own world and depended solely on the resources the land had to offer. After hundreds of years of exploiting the environment, however, they brought upon themselves their own demise
Last month, the Nightingale-Bamford School embarked on its biennial Costa Rica Field Studies program. The students participated in a comprehensive study of Costa Rica’s language, history, culture, geology, geography, flora, and fauna before their trip and received the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge to the test. Here are some of the highlights they captured on film. &nbs
Panama is home to seven indigenous cultures, the most recognizable of them being the Kuna people, who mainly live in the San Blas Archipelago within Kuna Yala. A Kuna is quite easy to spot thanks to the vibrant colors that are incorporated into their traditional dress. The main articles of a Kuna woman’s attire are the mola, muswe, nose piercing, and leg wrap. Mola Mola, which has come to be representative of t
Termites will follow a line drawn by a Bic pen because the ink contains a chemical that mimics their pheromones. In this free lesson plan from LEARN NC, designed for grades 9-12, students observe termites to draw conclusions about their behavior. Click here for the lesson plan.
Holbrook Travel’s Laura Hare discusses the Road Scholar program Yucatan Peninsula Adventure, during which she experienced some of Mexico’s greatest treasures. From snorkeling with sea turtles in Playa del Carmen to visiting world renowned Mayan ruins, Laura reviews the highlights of this epic Yucatan adventure. To learn more about this program, visit the Road Scholar website.