Friday, January 31, 2014

"Howzit!" Following up with 2013 AEE graduates Ag Ed South African Adventure!

This is Britney Marsh in Arizona!
Did you know that South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit? Or has its own penguin colony? Or that it has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world?!? Well one of Penn State’s AEE Alumni from 2013, Britney Marsh, is actually taking a group of her high school agriscience students to South Africa from May 25th to June 2nd!
Britney Marsh is a secondary Agricultural Educator/FFA adviser at Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center (AAEC)- Red Mountain Career Prep High School in Mesa, Arizona. She has traveled a long way to teach her amazing group of students and is now taking ten of them on an exciting adventure. They will be traveling and staying in Port Elizabeth at the Ulovane Environmental Center as well as traveling to the Amakhala Game Reserve.

If you have never heard of the game reserve before, it is a fantastic place. The founders wanted to make a malaria free safe zone in the eastern part of the country for animals to roam freely. They are trying to restore the land into its natural conditions again. The students will have the opportunity to learn about terrestrial plants, different bird species, and about the mighty mammals of South Africa. They will also be observing animal behavior on the reserve.
A group of tourists on the reserve!
  On top of all of that, they will be going on night safaris, exploring the marine intertidal ecosystems, look at the changing vegetation at the AddoElephant Park Woody Cape, going on a coastal scrub, and even looking at the dune forest in the diverse Albany Thicket. Studying is not the only thing they will be doing. They will have the chance to visit the village of Patterson where they will visit an Isipho village, (a program that helps the iNzinga people) multi-purpose facility which assists victims of AIDS. 

They will sit in on a lecture of the “Role of the Wildlife Veterinarian in South Africa.” Then they will be able to learn how to capture and immobilize animals. After they learned the proper procedures, they will actually practice shooting darts and then capture antelopes by themselves! They will practice ear notching and taking blood samples for DNA. Crazy right?! There will be no breaks on this amazing educational trip!

Britney is looking forward to bringing new information for her classes next year. The trip should be an awesome experience for all people that will be in attendance!
If you would like more information about the trip, or how you can start a trip like this in your school, Britney Marsh (@b_marsh216) provided her email address:, 
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Olivia Murphy-Sweet
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