In recognition of commitment to geographic education, Craig Hemsath, a science teacher at Union High School in La Porte City was selected as one of the 2016 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. Every year, K-12 educators are encouraged to apply for this professional development opportunity that allows them to bring immersive geographic learning experiences back to their classrooms and communities. Hemsath is one of 35 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada to receive this honor.
Later this year, Craig Hemsath will embark on a 10-day Lindblad voyage aboard National Geographic Explorer to the Svalbard Archipelago for a one-of- a-kind field experience, accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts. The expedition will provide Hemsath with new and exciting knowledge to bring back to Union High School and the community.
Before the voyage, Hemsath will travel to National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in hands-on workshops covering photography and outreach, and will have the opportunity to meet Lindblad Expeditions’ naturalists and to network with previous years’ Fellows.
This year marks the tenth year of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education. The program began with two Fellows in 2007 and has grown each year. The expeditions were donated in perpetuity to the National Geographic Society by Sven-Olof Lindblad and Lindblad Expeditions to mark Grosvenor’s 75th birthday in 2006 and to honor his service in enhancing and improving geographic education across the United States.
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. This opportunity gives current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and given the opportunity to travel aboard the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. Through this experience, they bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities.
2016 Program Highlights
Selected educators will travel aboard the ship National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Endeavour on expeditions to regions including the Arctic, British & Irish Isles, Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, the Galapagos, Antarctica and more. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geographic literacy with fellow travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime. Prior to the expedition, all 2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. (April 14-17, 2016) with all expenses covered to participate in a pre-voyage workshop sponsored by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions.
Craig Hemsath, a life science and environmental science teacher at Union High School, has been passionate about nature and the human interactions within it his entire life. Dedicated to immersing his students in how their decisions can have impacts across the globe, he has taken students from the Rocky Mountain West to the Costa Rican rain forest. Through the Grosvenor Fellowship, he hopes he can at least bring a little of the Arctic back to the classroom to share with students.
About the National Geographic Society
With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.
Lindblad Expeditions, specialists in expedition travel, works in alliance with the National Geographic Society to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, their collaboration in research, technology and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe. Their educationally oriented voyages to all seven continents allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of- the-art exploration tools. Destinations include the Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Baja California, Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama, the Amazon, Southeast Asia, Pacific, Africa, Indian Ocean, Europe, Mediterranean and beyond.