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Tropical Ecology


  • Help protect marine life of the Belize Barrier Reef

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

  • Participate in a guided snorkeling excursion


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


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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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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