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Desert & Coastal Ecology


  • Day trip to Rancho el Chivato to investigate desert ecology

  • Explore the marine diversity of Baja's Gulf of California

  • Learn about green initiatives at EPI's sustainable campus


Life on the edge of the desert demands sustainability, and a culture of conservation has taken root in Baja. EPI’s field campus in La Paz is an ideal setting to learn about sustainable living and community education. Explore the fascinating intersection between desert and marine ecology and the human environment in this culturally immersive course. 

EPI’s Individual Student Travel Programs are designed for middle school, high school, and college students. You’ll join a group of other passionate students from all over the country, assist with real wildlife conservation projects, and propel your career path forward with confidence and a new sense of independence.

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Health & Safety

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Tuition, Financial Aid, & Fundraising

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Your Fieldwork

From desert sand to sea

Explore the desert ecosystems of Balandra and Rancho el Chivato, observing the hardy flora and fauna that call this arid region home. Practice your snorkeling skills in the Gulf of California, conduct an underwater invertebrate census, and contribute to a coral reef restoration project.


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Partner Profile

Jenny Carolina Rodriguez Villalobos, Ph.D. Marine Ecology, is the research director of Ecosistemas y Conservacion (ECO). Through her research, Rodriguez Villalobos examines diseases and other threats to coral reef systems, but like many scientists, she sees a need for collaboration to address these environmental crises. With her emphasis on citizen and community cooperation, and through partnerships with organizations like EPI, she's endeavoring to build capacity for coral reef monitoring and conservation.

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