Lilly Briggs works with Conservation groups in Guatemala

Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC) is an NGO based in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Its mandate is to help protect the cloud forest, and in keeping with this goal, it leads a Conservation and Agroecology Leadership Training (CALT) program for young Q’eqchi’ Maya women from cloud forest-dependent communities. Lilly Briggs┬áhas been collaborating with CCFC in two different capacities throughout 2013. Since the start of the fall semester, she has been conducting research on sense of place and the impacts of environmental education among the CALT program participants and their families. An ongoing collaboration that began prior to the fall has been working with CCFC to expand the reach of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “BirdSleuth-International: Connecting Kids Through Birds” curriculum in Guatemala.