• A newly planted tree
  • Sea turtle swimming underwater
  • Participants with rakes and shovels

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 include international field courses and online research modules that immerse its participants, students and teachers, in real-world research and conservation efforts.

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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Online donations are new accepted!

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

30 November 2016
Sick Turtle receiving care
A health care revolution … for wildlife?
In recent years, a debilitating cancer found in sea turtles has spread to every major ocean. What if leading-edge medical techniques developed for humans were used to help animals, too?
Read article from Anthropocene (formerly Conservation) »

29 November 2016
How Warming is Threatening the Genetic Diversity of Species
Illustration of hand holding test tube with DNA strands flowing out of top. Research on stoneflies in Glacier National Park indicates that global warming is reducing the genetic diversity of some species, compromising their ability to evolve as conditions change. These findings have major implications for how biodiversity will be affected by climate change.
Read Yale 360 article »

07 November 2016
Ecologist surveying dying coastal trees in Florida.
Ghost Forests: How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern U.S. Woodlands
A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide.
Read Yale Environment 360 article »

24 October 2016
Penguin standing on ice Antarctica Is Practically Defined By Ice. What Happens When It Melts?
The Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), centered on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Palmer Station, was established on the West Antarctic Peninsula with NSF funding in 1990. It focuses on the ways that changing sea ice extent influences marine ecology and the multilayered food webs of the coastal, nearshore, and continental slope ecosystems. The McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER, established in 1992, explores the ecology of the terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of Antarctica's Dry Valleys—an ice-free polar desert where glacial meltwater exerts a profound influence on connectivity and nutrient inputs.

Three papers in the October issue of BioScience explore how atmospheric conditions and resulting changes in sea ice thickness impacted ocean food webs, how rapid melting of glaciers impacted microbial communities in lakes, and the long-term ecological implications of rising lake levels.

Read the Special Section of BioScience »

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Field Courses

Sea turtle swimming
Australia 2017 Field Course
Summer 2017

Our first international field course partnership with James Cook University is titled: Conservation Biology and Global Citizenship - A Field Course in Select Natural World Heritage Sites of Australia. Field course website will launch mid-December.

Image of Cuba's coastlineCuba 2018 Field Course
New dates to be announced

Due to the changing nature of travel conditions, and in an effort to visit the sea turtle rookeries during their active period in Cuba, we have made the hard decision to postpone this new program until 2018.

This 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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Featured Sponsor

ATAS International LogoCHANCE would like to recognize ATAS International Inc. for its support and commitment to the environment.  

ATAS International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, metal wall and ceiling panels, and sustainable building envelope technology. A family owned business for three generations, ATAS is proud of its green initiatives to bring the sustainability consciousness to all levels of operation.

During day-to-day operations, ATAS looks after the environment by producing less waste, optimizing materials, using energy-efficient equipment, and manufacturing sustainable construction products. Their green initiative efforts include reusing or repurposing cardboard boxes, “scrap” metal, skids, and fiber cores; donating scrap wood to the community; and, donating surplus product to worthy causes. Of course, all unusable metal is recycled. Motion sensors and improved lighting have been incorporated into all of the manufacturing facilities to make the buildings brighter and more energy efficient. Styrofoam products are not allowed and everything that can be recycled is. ATAS also believes in limiting paper waste; customers can access all technical and product information on the corporate website, www.atas.com. Any printed brochures are created on FSC-certified paper.

As a manufacturer of sustainable products—a transpired solar air heating system called InSpire and a building integrated photovoltaic roof called ATA-Solar—ATAS continues to strive for improved sustainability and energy efficiency.

CHANCE thanks ATAS for its recent donation to our Field Course Fund and General Fund. Their donation helped defray the cost for eight students to travel to China to participate in the 2015 CHANCE China program – China's Water Realities and Sustainable Solutions. 

Their donation also assisted in the filming of a documentary on CHANCE's good work in China to study the pollution of the Yangtze watershed and promote world-wide conservation efforts. A link to its preview: https://vimeo.com/171162365. By year's end, the full documentary will be released and this company will be listed as a top sponsor.

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Featured Video

Tree in a divided landscape


In BEFORE THE FLOOD, Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world speaking to scientists and world leaders about the dramatic effects of climate change. Visit the show's website to understand more about your carbon footprint and how YOU can affect change.

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CHANCE Fellows

24 August 2016
Photo of Dorothy, a CHANCE 2014 Fellow

Dorothy Mwambazi, CHANCE 2014 Fellow, graduated with a bachelors degree in environmental engineering from Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China. She has just been accepted into a Young Expert Program (Agrofood) carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands, Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. She will be employed under the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature Zambia. Her work will involve, but not be limited to, providing expert knowledge in conservation agriculture, supporting climate smart technologies in marginal areas, demonstrating the environmental and social impact of WWF Zambia’s climate smart agriculture initiatives, as well as serving as a liaise officer between WWF Zambia Conservation Agriculture team and local experts. You are bettering the world, Dorothy!!!

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Resources For Educators

30 November 2016
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PIAEE Teacher Award Application Due March 1
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Award winners receive up to $2,500 to continue their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the teacher's local education agency also recieves up to $2,500 to fund environmental education activities and programs. Applications are due March 1, 2017.
Learn more about the PIAEE program »

30 November 2016
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Encourage K-12 Students to Apply for PEYA
The President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes K-12 students and their efforts to protect the environment. The award promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Encourage K-12 students you know who are taking action to protect the environment to apply for PEYA. Applications are due March 1, 2017.
Learn more about the PEYA program »

14 November 2016
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The Helen Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History
The Helen Fellowship is a unique opportunity for women to spend a year immersed in teaching and research at AMNH in New York City. The Fellows will split their time between teaching and a research residency within one of the Museum’s science divisions.

The Helen Fellows contribute to curriculum and teach within BridgeUp: STEM, a computational science program for high-school aged young women and middle-school aged boys and girls from New York City. Each Fellow also conducts independent computational research under the guidance of a museum scientist whose work aligns closely with the Fellow’s interests and experience. Previous Fellows have conducted research or developed products in invertebrate zoology, data visualization, astrophysics, exhibitions, biodiversity conservation, ornithology, and herpetology.

Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits.

Funding is available for expenses such as conference travel and research equipment and supplies.

Applications are due by January 20, 2017.

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12 November 2016
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iNaturalist in the Classroom
iNaturalist s a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. Observations may be added via the website or from a mobile application. The observations provide valuable open data to a variety of scientific research projects, museums, botanic gardens, parks, and other organizations. Users of iNaturalist have contributed over two million observations since its founding in 2008, and the project has been called "a standard-bearer for natural history mobile applications.

Why use iNaturalist?

  • Free, intuitive, east-to-use app
  • Easily capture and upload student photos to the app
  • Standardized data collection
  • Communicate and collaborate with naturalists and scientists all over the world
  • Use the project results to integrate math, science, technology, and communication to analyze findings

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Resources For Students

17 November 2016

Apply for the 2017 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award
Are you a science graduate student looking to make a difference in science policy and funding? Applications are being accepted for the 2017 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. Recipients receive first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.

Winners receive:

  • A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day, an annual event that brings scientists to the nation's capital to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. The event will be held in spring 2017. Domestic travel and hotel expenses will be paid for the winners.
  • Policy and communications training, including information on the legislative process and trends in federal science funding.
  • Meetings with congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investments in the biological sciences.
  • A one-year AIBS membership, including a subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of "Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media."

The 2017 award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 9 January 2017.

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