Frankie Summer Conservation Class
$3,786 of $4,000 goal
Raised by 65 people in 41 months
At age 5, Francesca told me she wanted to be a wildlife conservationist. What's really crazy is she knew exactly what that meant. With utter conviction, she put a hand on her little hip and told me that someone had to save the polar bears and penguins, and she thought she was the girl for the job. Over ten years later, through a myriad of ups and downs she's held true to that ideal. This fall, at age 15 she began a program at a local Boces program to study Conservation. Most of the other students are years older than she is. They have experience in many of the subjects covered, experience that has never been afforded to her. But this kid does not know the meaning of the word quit. She put her heart and soul in to learn more, learning faster and getting up to speed with the rest of her peers because she's still got that same big heart and bright mind that want desperately to save our polar bears, penguins...our planet.
Through hard work and daring to dream big she's put herself in position to take advantage of an incredible opportunity to take her learning to the next level. Francesca has applied and been accepted to an incredible study abroad program in the Galapagos Islands. The only thing that might hold her back from amazing opportunity is a lack of funding. Please help her take a step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a full fledged wildlife conservationist.
Below please find information on the program:
Galapagos Summer Program
Ecuador’s most famous destination, and perhaps the most iconic archipelago on the planet. Forever associated with Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos has managed to retain it’s enchanting appeal through several decades of explosive growth in tourism. It’s sensitive eco-system is closely managed by the National Park System with strong support from international groups of researchers and conservationists.
In this Sustainable Summer Galapagos program…
You’ll take in some of the ultra classic Galapagos experiences, like Bartoleme and Pinnacle Rock, while also seeing some more under the radar spots
You’ll consider challenges to sustainable management of the Galapagos, like the competing interests of the tourist trade and conservation initiatives
You’ll learn about the remarkable flora and fauna from naturalists, and the efforts of conservationists to protect native species and eradicate invasive ones
The Galapagos is legendary for its exotic wildlife and critical role in the history of biology. Visit four different islands on a guided exploration of this remarkable archipelago, enjoying many of the classic Galapagos experiences along the way. Our travels will also illustrate the steps Ecuador has taken to conserve this fragile and vital ecosystem, and will allow students to consider the sustainability of ecotourism.
Hey everyone! Kidlet here. I had the most amazing time in the Galapagos! I learned and saw so much that it's kind of hard to pick out what I want to tell you. So... I'll start with our time on the island of Santa Cruz. We went into the highlands of Santa Cruz and saw GIANT tortoises. We learned that these amazing creatures can live to be over 150 years old. The oldest known Giant Tortoise lived to be 170 years old. Next i want to share the amazing experience of how were so close to all the animals. I want to share how we got to study their behavior from mere feet away and how we (the group I went with) got to go to the tortoise rearing center to see how they help to protect the animals of the Galapagos, which are comprised of mostly national parks. So the day we went to the rearing center we got a tour from our guide Louis, and he pointed out all the different types of tortoises and gave 3-10 facts about each. It was so much information that I actually had to write it down in order to get it all! One of the facts he gave us was about the different types of shells. There are three: Saddleback, Domed, or Intermediate. I was amazed at this fantastic place where animals had no natural predators. That's how the Giant Tortoises got so big. Lastly I wanted to share how deeply grateful I am for all the help and support I got. To show you how grateful I am I have attached my best pictures, so you might see what I saw, and please know that this trip was not only fun and informative, but it made it so that I was encouraged even further for my hopes of becoming a wildlife conservationist.
For everyone who donated...Thank you sooooooo much! Frankie is in the Galapagos right now. She's been snorkeling, and today sent an awesome picture for us. I had to borrow some money to pay for her food costs *during travel there and back* and still owe the program roughly $300 ...so any donations between now and when I shut the fundraiser down would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, I'll keep posting pics as I get them!
Holy Guacamole. Have the flight from Buffalo to Cleveland booked. Had to dip into the funds I'd planned to send with Kidlet so that she could buy food on the flights to and from Ecuador... O.O Now she's flying hungry. Meep. But she's going! Erm, if you possibly can pitch in so we can raise enough for her to eat on the way there and back, that would be awesome!
Hello everyone, Frankie here. I've got a question for you. Have you ever had a dream? One so big and profoundly amazing, that you couldn't ignore it?That i carried into real life? I have. That is my dream of conservation, and it keeps getting bigger. Just the other day I was online, I know this may stretch your imagination seeing how I AM a teenager, and I thought to myself, "what colleges will take my credit from the conservation course at Boces and how will this trip be documented on a college application?" So I searched and searched and searched...when out of the blue, it was like a light bulb replaced the dim candle that had been above my head. I started looking for the majors that are under the broad umbrella of conservation. I found it. I not only want to be a conservationist...I want to be a wildlife biologist and study sustainability in relation to how it can benefit humans in harmony with the wildlife, while making advancements to sustainable technology by understanding how the biology of certain wildlife functions in the environment and making it applicable to humans. I have a great grasp on how I want my dreams to take place in reality, as well as a solid foot IN the door of reality...but I sill need a little help. This trip is a big opportunity to understand the bigger picture, the picture of sustainability and the world, not just the little area I live in. However, time is running out, like grains of sand through an hour glass. Things are moving quickly and I help need to make on last push for this campaign. Only a small percentage of the money raised here goes to this site, but it's enough that it slows down the fundraising. If the full $4,000 were to be raised it would be soooooooo amazing and it would help so much, that I would go with no problems at all. I will be going, but I still need my gear and to pay the last of the tuition.
Thank you for your time,
Frankie (the Kidlet...as my mom would say)
Thank you for your time,
Frankie (the Kidlet...as my mom would say)