Holbrook's 2019 Year in Review

Holbrook's 2019 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2019|News| by Holbrook Travel

Our 2019 was a fun and eventful year full of celebrations, adventures, new partnerships—and a little “madness.” Here are just a few of the highlights:

"March Madness" Company Gathering

In March, the whole Holbrook staff – from California to Costa Rica – came together to reflect on the past, look to the future, and even float down a river! The three-day event featured workshops, guest speakers, and collaborative breakout sessions. The company's founder, Mrs. Giovanna Holbrook, was the guest of honor at the culminating event, a catered dinner on our back deck. The next morning, we all gathered for a relaxing float down the Ichetucknee River. The entire occasion was a wonderful opportunity for long-time coworkers to reminisce and tell stories, and for all to share in the strong community uniting our staff.

Partnerships in the Field

Throughout the year, Holbrook's staff regularly heads out into the field. Group leader conferences are a vital opportunity to connect with our field partners, both personally and professionally. Members of Holbrook's operations and development teams attend as well, fostering a strong bond between coworkers, in-country partners, and destinations.

Florida Museum Rainforest Family Camp

In June, the Florida Museum of Natural History and Holbrook Travel partnered for the second annual Costa Rica family camp held at Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve. The event brought together family and friends of both organizations for a week of learning and discovery in the rainforest! Enriching activities included meeting with local school children, participating in a reforestation project, embarking on rainforest hikes and boat rides, conducting science experiments, and sampling local pineapple and chocolate at agricultural demonstrations. We hope to continue growing our "camp family" for next summer's adventure!

Global Studies Workshop

July brought educators to Selva Verde Lodge for a conference on global studies, where participants could share best practices and collaborate on common topics − all while enjoying the nature and adventure of the rainforest. The professional development program combined field learning with workshop topics, plus fun activities like whitewater rafting and a cooking class. In addition to the Global Studies Workshop for educators, Holbrook Travel regularly holds international programs for professionals. Professional development opportunities that foster hands-on learning in a fun environment make for a magical experience.

Looking Back to Early Beginnings

As Holbrook's 45th year comes to a close, we reflect on the paths that brought us here, and look to the journey ahead. September marked Andrea Holbrook's second year serving on the Board of Directors for the Center for Responsible Travel, a partnership affirming Holbrook's values of sustainable and ethical tourism. In a full-circle moment, CREST Executive Director Greg Miller shared an old snapshot from his time as a Galápagos guide - with a familiar face alongside him. Greg writes, “I finally found the photo of [Giovanna Holbrook] and me in Galápagos taken sometime in early 1979 on Punta Suárez, Hood Island. This is when I was working as a young naturalist for Metropolitan Touring.”

See you in 2020!

We look forward to exploring new places with you in the coming year and beyond!