Linking high school students from the coal fields of the Appalachian Mountains and The coffee region in the Andean Mountains of Colombia, South America. The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), ProAves, and the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group (CWTG) are inviting high school Science and Spanish teachers to participate in a pen-pal program that will link students
(age 14-16) in the coal fields of the Appalachian Mountains with students in the coffee region in the Andean Mountains of Colombia. The "ambassador" between the two cultures will be the Cerulean Warbler, a neo-tropical migratory songbird that needs the help of people young and old to conserve habitat in both its core breeding area (the coal fields of Appalachia) and wintering grounds (which
includes the Andean Mountains of Colombia). Students who participate in this program have the potential to learn important lessons in conservation of wildlife, reforestation of coal surface mines, shade-grown versus sun-grown coffee plantations, foreign language, world geography, and cultural diversity.