Talooli Expeditions

Annual Virgin Islands Trip

Jan Peneston is the Executive Director of Camp Fire Central New York and her husband Jeff is the 2011 NY State Teacher of the year and a NYS Master Teacher. With 30 years of experience, they lead annual school break expeditions to explore the tropical ecology of the US Virgin Islands. 

Students and adults from across Central New York form a team and make their remote basecamp at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) on the island of St. John.  During the 11-day expedition, the team will snorkel reefs each day as well as hike the trails of the Virgin Islands National Park.  Through experiential education, team members will learn about marine biology and the ecology of tropical forests.  We will also study the human history and explore archeological sites of St. John.   The team will then conduct a service project to benefit the National Park and will end the trip with a series of live webcasts from the island to classrooms of students back home.  The team on the island will share what they have learned through the webcasts, videos and our blog.


Watch our 2015 videos on the “Talooli Expeditions” YouTube Channel:

Check Our 2013 Trip Blog: 

The 2016 expedition with be April 23 – May 3.

For more information on the 2016 trip, click: HERE