The rainforest is so popular with elementary
teachers and students that each year ESA
fully books its schedule for rainforest tours.
The Environmental Science Academy (ESA) draws junior- and senior-year students
from 31 area high schools. Students attend classes five days a week for a 2
hour and 15 minute block. The ESA offers four sections, three for first year
students and one for returning second year students. The academy's curriculum
is based on six topics: water & aquatics, energy, soils & forestry, geology,
sustainable agriculture, and wildlife. Students are involved in a variety of
yearlong, community-based projects, one of which is the Tropical Rainforest
Interactive Presentations. In the early fall, students research and prepare
their presentations for elementary classes. From November to May, one day a
week, they host a class in the rainforest. The TRIP is such a successful and
enriching experience that the schedule for visits for the year is usually completely
booked by late fall.