Strategy Share: The Power of Storytelling for Conservation

Words are powerful and can get people invested in conservation. By writing stories, students can use their voice to speak up for endangered animals around the world. READ THE REST OF THE POST ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BLOG

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The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Rachael Rost, an education specialist at the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kansas, after her expedition to the Galápagos Islands. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for pre-K–12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education.

Rachael_With_Stories Rachael poses with her students’ conservation stories. Photo by Kayla Schinkel

In environmental education, we often use stories to connect our audiences to the animals and messages we are presenting. My recent expedition to the Galápagos Islands taught me that stories can transcend generations and ignite change. Sometimes all it takes is a single word—a word that is so powerful it cuts straight to your heart. In Galápagos, that word is “lonesome.”

I had heard of the story of Lonesome George, the last of the giant Pinta Island tortoises, before this expedition. Yet, when…

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