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Tropical Ecology


  • Monitor coral reef health

  • Assist with neotropical bat surveys and herpetology studies in the rainforest

  • Participate in a cultural exchange with local Belizeans


Investigate fragile ecosystems and astonishing wildlife in a country at the crossroads of environmental change and preservation. On your Belize adventure, students will conduct research in the Maya Mountains, explore the phenomena of the Belize Barrier Reef, and immerse themselves in traditional Belizean culture. Your group will come away with a better understanding of field research techniques and the tools to help protect the ecosystem in your own community.


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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*Enroll at least 9 students with deposits by July 1st to receive early bird pricing

Your Fieldwork

Dive into marine research

Alongside our scientific partners at a research station in the Maya Mountains, you’ll contribute to terrestrial research projects including neotropical bat surveys and herpetology studies. From there, you’ll head to the
spectacular Belizean cayes, where you’ll collect data on the second largest barrier reef in the world.

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Partner Profile

The Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.) is dedicated to conserving Belize’s natural and cultural heritage. Based at a welcoming research station in central Belize, T.R.E.E.S. works to achieve this through education, local and international networking, capacity building, and conservation-based community projects. Their ecological studies include avian, small mammal, and herpetological monitoring and habitat restoration projects. Their focus on community education and outreach makes them an ideal partner for EPI.

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