• Costa Rica and Panama field course 2016
  • Cuba field course 2016-17
  • Explore. Research. Conserve.

Welcome to CHANCE

Today, humanity faces this reality – the environment is broken most of which is a result of negative human impact on the health (loss of biodiversity) of our world's ecosystems.

CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) is an accredited environmental education and engaged scholarship program, whose overarching goal is to teach conservation biology and global sustainability at the frontline. To do this, CHANCE creates unique learning environments which immerse its participants, students and teachers, in real-world research and conservation efforts through innovative online curriculum and field courses.

The ultimate goal of CHANCE is to prepare global-minded citizens who understand the importance of restoring and protecting the biodiversity of our planet's ecosystems, and who are willing to address the challenges of our time such as energy, air, food, water, and climate change through their efforts.

Since ecosystems cross national borders, CHANCE strives to view, and to define sustainable answers for, environmental realities from a global perspective.

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Donate To CHANCE

CHANCE is expanding our community conservation efforts and we need your help! As part of our international field courses, we assist with reforestation efforts and turtle rookery preservation efforts. Your donations will go towards purchasing saplings for participants to plant or materials to build turtle nest protective enclosures.

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CHANCE Newswire

13 July 2016
Beijing’s South China Sea Claims Rejected by Hague Tribunal
The New York Times The panel delivered a sweeping rebuke on Tuesday of China’s behavior, deciding that its expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters had no legal basis.
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29 June 2016
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International Conference "Exploring Field Spaces as Learning Spaces"

CHANCE Founding Director to deliver keynote address on Teaching Conservation Through Experience at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia on June 30, 2016.
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17 June 2016
What Would a Global Warming Increase of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?
The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target?
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Field Courses

Cuba 2016 Field Course
December 27, 2016 - January 6, 2017

The newest CHANCE field program, Cuba - Environmental Protection, Resource Management and the Sustainability of a Developing Nation, is an immersive research and conservation journey in western Cuba. It is a collaboration between The Pennsylvania State University, Cuba Marine Research & Conservation Program - a project of the Ocean Foundation, and Center for Marine Research (CIM) of the University of Havana, and is comprised of an online education and an international field course. Participants will evaluate the biodiversity of both terrestrial and marine protected habitats, the exploitation of environmental resources, and the policies and practices needed to enhance both Cuba’s current and future needs to sustain its natural ecosystems. The conservation efforts for this session include working in a sea turtle rookery and removal of invasive species.

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Costa Rica & Panama advertisementCosta Rica 2016 Field Course
July 3-17, 2016

We are excited to once again collaborate with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)/La Selva on this program in Costa Rica. This international program, Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems, is comprised of a spring 2016 online course and a summer 2016 field course. Participants will work side-by-side select field scientists in Costa Rica whose research focus are in areas of tropical rain forest ecology and environmental science in the wake of climate change realities. The conservation efforts for this session include working in a sea turtle rookery and assisting with reforestation efforts.

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China 2015 Field Course

Our greatest thanks go to all the partners, professors, researchers and participants for all the hard work and dedication to the success of this field course. Visit the field course website to see a photo album from our trip.


Meet Our Newest Sponsor

O2 emc LogoCHANCE would like to recognize its newest sponsor, O2 emc, a company focused on developing and owning large scale ground-mounted solar power plants in the Southeast United States. Each solar project is developed to maximize profitability for investors, work opportunities for local contractors, as well as training and educational opportunities for local residents.

O2 emc has developed more than 80 Megawatts of solar farms in North Carolina which generate more power than almost 12,000 average US homes consume, offsetting harmful emissions that would have been produced if the same amount of power were generated by burning fossil fuels. In total, O2 emc has developed more than $250 million in investment. http://www.o2emc.com/about-o2-emc

O2 emc leverages an in-depth understanding of state energy policy, existing energy infrastructure, and project ownership and tax structuring, combined with relationships with utilities to develop successful and profitable turnkey solar power plants.

CHANCE thanks O2 emc for its recent donation to our Trees and Turtles Conservation fund. Their donation will support our reforestation and turtle rookery efforts in Costa Rica this summer.

Follow CHANCE on Facebook to see the conservation efforts in action this July 3-17.

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Featured Video

CHANCE in China

Students from Penn State University, Jiangnan University and Nanjing University spent 17 days in China in July 2015 exploring the Yangtze River watershed and helping each other to become conservationists.

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CHANCE Fellows

01 May 2016
Jonathan digging sand to protect turtle nest.

Jonathan Kearney, a 2015 CHANCE Fellow, and Penn State Wildlife and Fisheries Science major has just been awarded the position of Bat Survey Technician at the Sanders Environmental Inc., Bellefonte, PA. Sanders specializes in Indiana bat surveys and mortality monitoring, avian surveys, and wildlife regulation compliance analysis. Presently, Jonathan is active in the Penn State Wildlife Society and Forestry Club while assisting in undergraduate research on maternal stress in Eastern Fence Lizards in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Sheriff, Assistant Professor, Mammalogy and Ecology, College of Agricultural Sciences. EXCELLENT WORK J Man!!

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Resources For Educators

21 June 2016
White House Student Film Festival
Know a student with big ideas for the future and who loves to make films - or wants to give it a shot? The White House Student Film Festival is back with a new theme: "The World I Want to Live In." From now through July 15, 2016, students from kindergarten through 12th grade can submit a short film. It can be fictional, animated, live-action documentary, or anything else a student dreams up. The official selections will also be featured across the White House website and social media.

Learn more and read the official submission guidelines »

06 June 2016
Denver 2016 text over illustration of mountainsCall for Posters!
Local to Global: Citizen Science Across Borders

Citizen Science equates to the collection and analysis of real data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.

The theme of the NABT Global Perspectives Committee’s 4th Annual Poster Session is “Local to Global: Citizen Science Across Borders” and this interactive poster session will feature innovative and successful citizen science projects on Saturday, November 5th.

Each poster will highlight how its project can help teachers create collaborations between countries to explore and analyze real data, and enrich learning through the use of interdisciplinary content and global perspectives.

If you would like to submit a poster for this event, please send a title, names of author(s) with college/university/organizational affiliation(s), contact information, and an abstract (up to 200 words) to the committee secretary, Jacqueline McLaughlin at jxm57@psu.edu. Please use 2016 Global Perspectives Poster Proposal in the subject header.

The proposal submission deadline for all posters is August 31, 2016.

24 May 2016
Launch EnviroAtlas map
Discover your Ecosystem with EnviroAtlas
Looking for an interactive tool to interest your students in data mapping and ecosystems? Introduce them to EPA’s EnviroAtlas. EnviroAtlas can help provide students with the background and context to understand the ecosystems surrounding them. An interactive map provides data on ecosystem services, biodiversity, and demographics. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser demonstrates the links between ecosystems and human health. EnviroAtlas users can access, view, and analyze diverse information to better understand the potential impacts of various decisions.
Find a case study on using EnviroAtlas in the classroom »

20 May 2016
Learn about the EPA/NEEF Water Quality Photo Contest
Have you heard about EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation's photo contest to raise awareness about water quality across the United States? Submit photos that illustrate ways to prevent water pollution and raise awareness about the health of our waterways. Examples of activities include use of environmentally friendly products, proper disposal of wastes, watershed cleanups, and water quality monitoring of streams, rivers, lakes, and beaches. The photo contest runs through May 27, 2016. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photo entries.
Learn more and enter the challenge. »

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Resources For Students

13 July 2016

Request for Proposals
The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships provide support for outstanding early-career scientists from around the globe to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards conservation problems of pressing concern for the United States.

Individuals who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management are encouraged to apply. We envision that the cadre of scientists supported by the Smith Fellows Program will eventually assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership and strength of proposal.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is 9 September 2016.
For detailed proposal guidelines »

14 May 2016
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Career Center
The SCB Career Center includes a number of new career resources in addition to a job board, and offers an improved user experience for the talented jobseekers and top employers in our community.

  • Create an account to track Conservation Biology jobs
  • Upload your resume so our employers can find you!
  • Get improved job alerts when new jobs are posted and more!

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01 May 2016
KSTF logoEncouraging New teachers to Apply for a KSTF National Teaching Fellowship
The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program, the Foundation’s signature program, awards exceptional young men and women with five-year, early-career Fellowships, empowering them to become primary agents of educational improvement. These “backbone” teachers reach thousands of students each year, take on leadership roles improving math and science education from the classroom and strengthen the teaching profession.

KSTF Fellowship Benefits:

  • Stipends and funding for professional development and classroom materials
  • Mentoring and coaching from experienced STEM classroom teachers
  • Opportunity to be part of a national community of educators
  • Inspiration and ideas to bring back to the classroom

Eligibility and application details »

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