Experiential learning in the Caribbean is exciting. Students quickly begin noticing and discovering on their own, asking questions and seeking answers from experts and from reference reading materials. During the 3 week experience, they acquire a profound understanding of the balances and processes of nature and the consequences of human action on that balance. Appreciation of the beauty of the islands heightens the sense of outrage at their destruction. Although the students' local ecologies often are much different from the island ecology, the students bring home a conceptual understanding of ecosystem dynamics in general and an enriched perspective on humanity's and their own personal relationship to the earth.
We are creating a first-of-its-kind discovery learning CD-ROM which uses virtual travel, agents, and information retrieval technology to bring learners dynamic, situated learning experiences using the Virgin Islands as an interface to objective, subjective and discovered knowledge covering a broad range of environmental science topics and diverse expert perspectives.