To learn about the rainforest, teacher and students travel to the source
EVANSVILLE — When he responded to a student’s off-hand remark about the rainforest, back in the 1980s, Evansville educator Butch Beedle had no idea it’d wind up taking him to Central America and back — multiple times.
A social studies teacher at Evansville’s J.C. McKenna Middle School, he had been trying to get his middle-school students to think outside the box.
Because teaching about the rainforest was relatively new at the time, Beedle and another Wisconsin teacher, Bruce Calhoun, gained attention from the press and bonded over their shared field of interest. Calhoun, then of Dodgeville, Wis., went on to found Save the Rainforest Inc., an organization offering educational trips for high-schoolers to Central American countries.
So far, Beedle's travels through the Save the Rainforest organization have taken him to Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama.
He now has taken four such trips with students, and is about to embark on his fifth this June.
Read the full story in the e-edition of The Janesville Messenger, HERE.