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ROCKLEIGH, NJ -- This coming September, 12 US teachers and high school students will travel to Tortuguero, Costa Rica to participate in an environmental education event sponsored by the Volvo Ocean Adventure (VOA). The two contest winning groups, Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, TX and Gulliver Preparatory School located in Miami, FL will be hosted by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC), the world's oldest sea turtle research and conservation group.

The students will assist CCC researchers in monitoring sea turtle nesting sites and participate in the tagging and release of a sea turtle fitted with a satellite transmitter. As the turtle, fittingly named "Freija'' after the ancient Norse goddess of fertility, is tracked along with other sea turtles by satellite, their migration will be posted on maps available for free on the CCC and VOA web sites.

The turtle release event is part of the VOA and CCC's ongoing partnership, formed to provide interactive education tools to help children, students and adults around the world learn more about the environment.

"We plan on using this experience to involve the student body and larger community in tracking the course of the turtles and in sea turtle conservation in general,'' comments Maria Isabel Toledo, a teacher from Miami's Gulliver Preparatory High School.

Volvo Ocean Adventure is the educational outreach component of the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, a grueling 9-month round-the-world sailing race which begins this coming September and is sponsored by Volvo Car Corporation. The Caribbean Conservation Corporation will be part of the marine aspect of the VOA educational program. During the trans-global Volvo Ocean Race, CCC will provide information about the sea turtles and marine habitats visited by the racing fleet.

"The program represents a new and exciting platform for world education as well as using a sporting event to bring science alive,'' says Dr. Simon Boxall of the Southampton Oceanography Centre, one of the founders of Volvo Ocean Adventure.

Each year, CCC conducts sea turtle nest monitoring and protection programs out of its field station in Tortuguero. Through its Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking Education Program, CCC has reached hundreds of thousands of people with information about sea turtles and the threats to their survival.

[SOURCE: Volvo Cars of North America, Inc.]
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