NCGE-GeoCamp Amazon

Summer Professional Development for Teachers

Why go to the Amazon? The reasons are endless!

When you are there you will see and feel and smell and hear our world like you never have before.  It will touch you in ways you never imagined.  You will see how the extreme geography of the Loreto region of Peru effects every aspect of life from food & education, to biodiversity & use of habitat, to electricity, WIFI and healthcare.  A place where the endless wonder of nature and the endearing quality of the local people will capture your heart, engage your imagination and change you.

Spend Nine magical Days exploring
Iquitos, Peru and the Loreto Region of the Amazon

Monday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 27, 2022
(Includes travel days)

This NCGE – GeoCamp Amazon is a place-based intensive short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for in-service teachers and education professionals.  The extraordinary wonders of life in the Loredo region of Peru, including Iquitos and the Peruvian Amazon are our classroom.  All seven essential elements of geography will be incorporated as we explore how plants, animals, and humans interact in this extreme environment.

WHO CAN ATTEND: Up to 24 K-12 educators or higher education faculty who teach any of the social studies, earth or environmental sciences, or any subject where the applicant can make an explicit connection to the National Geography Standards within his/her curriculum.

COST: $2,900.  Fee includes lodging, meals, tour fees, ground and water transportation, course materials, honoraria for expert guides, and presentations.  Participants may budget extra for incidentals and souvenirs.  Airfare is not included but assistance and advice will be offered and available.



After experiencing NCGE – GeoCamp Amazon students will be able to:

  • Make connections between the Amazon and their own home
  • Teach about a place or region through a geographic perspective
  • Ask and answer geographic questions using GIS
  • Design geographic activities for their students modeled on experience
  • Have a connection to someone who can help plan an adventure for your own students

Answering the Big Questions:

  • Where is the Amazon?
  • Why teach about the Amazon?
  • What is there?
  • Why take care of it?
  • How can we care for the Amazon from home?

DELIVERABLES: Participant CEU credits are available. Participants will be expected to produce classroom resource materials and lessons for dissemination through national, state and/or local outlets including the NCGE Annual Conference and The Geography Teacher journal. Participants are strongly encouraged to coordinate statewide dissemination activities with State Alliances for Geographic Education. Materials produced in this institute will be submitted to the GeoCamp database for use by teachers and students from all over the world. NCGE will confer certificates of completion for participants to apply toward professional recertification credits consistent with policies in their respective school districts. 

Required Pre-Trip Webinars:

  • Session 1: Geographic Location and Climate, How to pack for the Jungle and Jungle Logistics
  • Session 2: Animals, Plants, and Systems of the Amazon
  • Session 3: People, Villages, Language and Culture of the Amazon

COVID-19 Policy: Due to the ongoing and changing nature of the pandemic, all participants must be fully vaccinated by the departure date. Although there is not currently an indication that COVID-19 restrictions will prevent us from holding this year’s expedition, we are continuing to monitor the situation.  In the event that this changes and we are required to cancel, a full refund will be given. More details on Peru’s COVID specific policies are listed in the participant information.

Applications are now closed.