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Earth Expeditions Registration Open Through January 28, 2014

2014_EarthExpeditions_Flyer_Online-1I have had the most unforgettable experiences through the Earth Expeditions program. I traveled to Costa Rica, Belize and Guyana while pursing a master’s degree in biology with a focus on global ecology and environmental education. My personal studies and missions delve into insect conservation. It helped me to become motivated and have a vision for Green Matter. I highly recommend the program for anyone that wants to see the world, learn about conservation and find ways to make an impact.

Earth Expeditions offers global conservation and education programs through courses, degree programs and collaborations with other organizations in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The aim of the program is “to build an alliance of individuals with firsthand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding.”

The program is offered online so you can participate from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access. Students spend 10-11 days during the summer at one of 13 locations around the world – Kenya, Belize, Namibia, Guyana, Costa Rica, Thailand, India, Baja, Hawaii, Borneo, Australia, Amazon, Mongolia.

In addition to individual global field courses taken separately or abroad studies with undergraduate coursework, you can also opt to enter several master’s degree programs.

To learn more about this unique Web experience, visit.. Dragonfly Workshops

Download and share the Earth Expeditions flyer.. 2014 EarthExpeditions Flyer

New Initiative: My Bug Story – Global Digital Storytelling Community [VIDEO]

We want people all over the world to tell their stories!

Green Matter has recently launched a new initiative created to get people all over the world talking about bugs that they experience – My Bug Story.


Because bugs are everywhere and everybody’s got a bug story! So tell us your bug story by recording your own personal video and submitting it at MyBugStory.com. Be sure to check out the other bug story videos. Many are funny, educational, entertaining, gross and just plain weird.

What’s your story?

My Bug Story is on Facebook and Twitter too! Feel free to listen to other people’s stories and engage in fun conversations. You can add to and/or catch up on some stories by using our unique social media hashtag #mybugstory on Facebook, Twitter and other places that support hashtags.


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“Entomology Inspires” at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

USA Science and Engineering FestivalInsects make up the largest and most diverse group of organisms on the planet. They are a critical part of the global ecosystem as well as nearly every aspect of biotechnology from agriculture to biomedical science. Also, insects are one of the best tools for inspiring an interest in science and nature in children and the general public.

Aaron T. Dossey, PhD, biochemist, post-doctoral entomological researcher and founder of All Things Bugs, is bringing together entomological organizations and institutions from across the country to show off everything that entomology and insects have to offer at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in D.C. from April 27-29, 2012. This is the first entomology section at what is considered to be the nation’s largest celebration of all things science and engineering!

Read about our ento section on SCIENCE BLOGS!

Over the past year, Green Matter, along with The Entomological Foundation, Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug and others, has partnered up with All Things Bugs in its search for entomology contributors, sponsors and volunteers… and we still need any help we can get. Donations of any kind – time, monetary, entomological and educational materials, brochures, etc. – are welcome and encouraged! 


Some of the sub-topics that will be covered by the themes of our booths include the following.

  1. Bees and Pollinators
  2. Insect Zoos and Live Insect Displays
  3. Cutting-Edge Insect Technology (cyborg beetles, genomics, biomedical science and agriculture)
  4. Insects as Human Food
  5. Biodiversity, Systematics and Taxonomy
  6. Entomological Education and Outreach

Share this information with other bug lovers and then plan that road trip to see all the cool bug stuff! To offer assistance or for more information, feel free to contact Michelle Harris at michelle@greenmatter.org.


All Things Bugs

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas – Santa’s Carbon Footprint [Infographic]

The boots that Santa has to fill for Christmas leave a HUGE footprint behind in the winter snow in December. Ethical Ocean took a look at Santa’s environmental impact and tried to help him run a slightly more eco-friendly operation. Learn the dirty truth about Santa’s 122 million-mile trip and the ways he and his elves can make more of a Green Christmas.

Santa's Carbon Footprint infographic

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Autumn: A second spring where leaves are flowers

Autumn is in the air and there are many signs that are a cause for celebration! No longer is green the “in” color, but when it comes to autumn, that’s a good thing. Read more…

What are your favorite things about the fall season?


“Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower.”
~Albert Camus

fall leaf

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~Albert Camus







































Mark Berman “Cooking with Bugs” At Franklin Park Conservatory

"Mark Berman holds up cooked giant water bug"

On Saturday, August 20th, I had the opportunity to check out another one of Mark Berman’s “Cooking with Bugs” programs. Mark was a feature presenter at the Franklin Park Conservatory during their opening weekend of the Healthy Planet: Local Food, Global View exhibit.

This time, Mark, an entomologist and educator at Bugman Educational Entoprises, had a few bug foods that I’ve never seen or even heard, let alone tried. Ant brood, royal jelly and giant waterbugs to name a few. And those giant water bugs were a whopping 3.5 inches long!

I wasn’t too keen on the water bugs but  my favorites were the strawberry soup and chocolate-covered crickets. Turn your nose up all you want to but I’m joining the entomophagy bandwagon as an advocate for using bugs as alternative food sources. They are low fat, high protein foods and many taste pretty good.

Heck, if you eat shrimp, lobster and crawfish, it’s all the same! Along with insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, etc., crustaceans fit into the same group of Arthropods. In fact, those with shellfish allergies are cautioned against eating bugs as they may cause similar allergic reactions.

For the complete story, including slide show, view the write-up on my “Green Living in Columbus Examiner” column.

Think. Change. Spread.

A little more than one year ago today, a seed was planted in my mind and began to bud within my heart. Out of that grew Green Matter, rooted in the green and environmentalist movement and inspired by the amazing and fascinating world of insects…