Alumna to sponsor Earthwatch expedition

By Carrie Davidson

One teacher will be picked to participate in an all expenses paid Earthwatch expedition this summer, through an alumna gift.

Blake Schlei Lindsley, ’92 will fund the expedition with Earthwatch, a non-profit organization which offers the chance for volunteers to join field research teams around the globe. Lindsley contacted Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts in December and presented her idea in late January.

“My husband and I hope it will be such a success that some Harvard-Westlake parents will be inspired to make this fellowship a reality every year, to the benefit of both the teachers and the students,” Lindsley said.

“Earthwatch Institute is a respected leader in the field of environmental education. Our participating teacher fellow will contribute as a research volunteer, collecting and analyzing data to support our understanding of (and, possibly find solutions for) environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem health and sustainability,” Huybrechts said.

Applications were due Feb. 28. The application process will be handled by Earthwatch.