Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world.”
The Sea of Cortez is home to more than 900 species of fish, five of the world’s seven endangered species of sea turtle, and, for nine days in the spring of 2013, twelve students from rural Ontario. The Montessori School of Hamilton traveled to Baja California Sur to conduct research and learn the importance of conservation on EPI’s Baja Island Ecology Program.
Not only did the students snorkel with sea lions and explore delicate desert ecosystems, they saw first-hand the impact that conservation can have on local communities. “We were humbled,” wrote course chaperones Emily Dowell and Chris Marks, “by how fortunate we were to be an international school taking part in the program and were inspired to help other students have the experience we did.” So the students decided to dedicate a portion of the profits from their small business ventures to fund local student initiatives in Baja.
Dive into a world of marine diversity like no other and turn the Sea of Cortez into your classroom!