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Whale Ecology 


  • Snorkel in the Bay of La Paz

  • Study grey whales on the Pacific Coast of the southern Baja Peninsula

  • Camp on a pristine beach under the stars


The waters of Baja, Mexico are home to more than a third of the world's marine mammals. Travel to the Gulf of California to study one of the most charismatic—the grey whale. Work with researchers to gather important baseline data about the whales in the area and help establish a photo-ID database. Spend your days and nights at our camping in the fishing community of Puerto Chale, and learn from local eco club members about sustainable living and community education efforts in a place balanced between the desert and the sea.

On all of EPI’s student travel programs, students participate in real-life, ongoing wildlife conservation projects with experts in their field. Lessons and activities are rooted in the NGSS standards and are designed to spark students’ passion for environmental science and conservation. It’s time to discover a student travel program like no other, where exploration and science go hand-in-hand!


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Travel by boat and work with whales

Every year the waters off the coast of Cabo Pulmo witness a great migration of whales. Travel by boat to log sightings of adult and newborn humpbacks and record behavioral and environmental data that will help conservationists protect these species.


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Partner Profile

Dr. Jorge Urban Ramirez is the Principal Investigator at the Marine Mammal Program at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur.  As one of the leading specialists on the whales of the Mexican Pacific, including humpback and gray whales, he has published dozens of studies on the behavior and population structure of cetaceans, but he is also an impassioned educator and an enthusiastic partner with EPI, where he's inspired students for more than a decade.

“EPI opens doors that kids didn’t know were available. They become interested in the environment because they actually get the chance to connect with it." 

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