BELIZE | COSTA RICA | FLORIDA KEYS | PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Passion does not get delivered through text books, the internet or television, passion is personal...Passion gets lifted from earth and nature itself.
Global Travel Alliance invites you to participate in an Ocean classroom where you explore oceans of the western hemisphere alongside expert scientists.
Goal of Expedition: Students and teachers work alongside researchers at sea learning about the diversity of life and future careers in marine science. Develop a deeper awareness of marine research and conservation efforts while experiencing the thrill and excitement of travel and adventure.
Overview: Travel to one of our ocean classrooms in Costa Rica, the Florida Keys, Belize or the Pacific Northwest (Puget Sound or Oregon Coast). Programs emphasize hands-on, experiential, inquiry based field and lab studies. Depending on your final destination, you will spend 5-10 days exploring the oceans, coral reefs, tidal pools and estuaries of the Pacific and Caribbean oceans. One or more days are spent participating in inter-cultural exchanges (Costa Rica and Belize) and/or service projects. Programs seek to explain the whole picture with activities in the near-by terrestrial habitats as well.
Daily activities include citizen science projects, assisting researchers with data collection, snorkeling, kayaking, intercultural experiences and service projects.
For more information contact:
Paul Belanger, Global Travel Alliance
P. (855) 204-7720
FLORIDA EVERGLADES AND KEYS
The Florida Everglades are the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the U.S. and the coral reefs off the Florida Keys are the third largest barrier reef system in the world. Explore both through the eyes of naturalists, researchers and adventurers.
This program combines freshwater and marine studies with projects that collect water quality data, fish abundance and diversity surveys, mangrove wildlife and rehab surveys, sea beds and coral reef studies.
Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of a future career in the freshwater and marine sciences, new skills in field science, and a new sense of empowerment.
Day 1: Arrive in Miami, Everglades National Park guided natural history tour.
Day 2: Everglades National Park wildlife and aquatic studies. Sea kayak in the mangroves - ecology and wildlife surveys.
Day 3: Coral and Sea grass ecology lab and field study. Fish counts and habitat rehabilitation projects.
Day 4: Tour Sea Turtle Hospital Rehabilitation and Conservation Program and facilities. Spend the afternoon/evening in Key West - the southern most tip of the continental U.S. and home to Ernest Hemingway.
Day 5: Sea grass or Mangrove rehab project. Depart for home.
The “ConnectOcean Explorer” Marine Environmental Awareness Program challenges students to solve problems and find solutions through hands-on, community-based service-learning revolving around ocean life and marine ecosystems.
Participants will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle by becoming Ocean Explorers for a day. The program combines elements of exploration with fascinating environmental experiences and research programs.
Participants learn by exploring beaches and tidal zones, estuaries, snorkeling reefs and tracking wild dolphins and humpback whales on the open ocean.
Day 1: Arrive in Costa Rica, transfer to University of Georgia Tropical Ecology campus near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Day 2: Cloud Forest Ecology, water quality monitoring, bellbird wildlife corridor study.
Day 3: EARTH University campus tour on sustainable energy and technology. Dry Forest ecology.
Day 4: Coastal Ecosystems and intertidal study. Mangrove study. Evening beach time.
Day 5: Coral Reef ecosystems. Coral Reef rehabilitation project. Snorkeling or SCUBA fish surveys. Shark awareness and conservation.
Day 6: Open ocean monitoring dolphins, whales and giant Manta rays.
Day 7: Marine debris and sustainable consumption service project.
Day 8: Depart for home
Discovery and adventure in the upper Puget Sound are highlighted with an in-depth look at how this region strives to maintain the delicate balance between urban growth and natural resources.
Explore ideas of industrial v. sustainable business and agriculture while working on an organic farm. Sail aboard the Adventuress as an active crew member studying Marine Life, Watersheds and Ocean acidification. Protect local estuaries with the Puget Sound Keepers’ Kayak Patrol and navigate the majestic old-growth forests of the Cascades.
In a Summer Camp–like setting, students will cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary for stewardship and leadership in their home communities.
Day 1: Arrive Seattle, visit Seattle Aquarium, evening orientation on water quality and urbanization impacts on Puget sound.
Day 2: Whidbey Island conservation and wetland restoration program.
Day 3: Tide pooling study and sustainable agriculture study and stewardship projects.
Day 4: Experience Puget Sound ecology and history aboard a 133 ft. wood-hulled Schooner built in 1913. Marine Mammal observations and monitoring. Evening program with biologists and conservationist.
Day 5: Puget Sound Clean-up project. Dinner, reflection and time in Downtown Seattle’s Waterfront.
Day 6: Sustainable fisheries at Pikes Market. Depart for home.
The barrier reefs of Belize are a U.N.E.S.C.O world heritage site and the second largest barrier reef system in the world. We spend fours days on the reefs snorkeling and in labs assisting with researchers studying Bottlenose Dolphins, coral reefs, crocodiles and other marine ecology subjects.
Belize is also home to spectacular Mayan ruins and tropical rainforests. We will spend two days on land studying the tropical rainforest and visiting Mayan archaeological sites. Our adventure includes cave tubing in the ancient limestone caves and zip line through the forest Canopy.
Service projects include community environmental awareness and art programs and partnerships with local schools.
Day 1: Arrive Belize city and transfer to our field station on South Water Caye.
Day 2: Introductory snorkeling on sea grass beds and patch reefs.
Day 3: Marine plankton and encrusting communities studies. Snorkeling.
Day 4: Bottlenose Dolphin, crocodile and/or coral reef studies. Lab and snorkeling.
Day 5: Mangrove study. Visit the Smithsonian Research Station on Carrie Bow Caye.
Day 6: Cockscomb Basin National Wildlife Sanctuary. Study of tropical ecology plants and wildlife. Cave tubing and zip line.
Day 7: Service project or visit the Tropical Education Center at the Belize Zoo or visit a Mayan cultural site. Depart for home in the evening.
or call 855-204-7720