College Programs

Ecuador + Galápagos Biodiversity Conservation

Research rich ecosystems across Ecuador – from the cool Andean cloud forests to the Galápagos Islands – and experience unparalleled wildlife biodiversity firsthand. Identify species soaring above remote jungle treetops or captured on camera traps, and explore the vital roles they play in these treasured environments.

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Surprising days exploring the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems

  • Explore the species richness of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galápagos Islands as you support conservation efforts underway at local research stations.
  • Conduct biological surveys as you track Andean mountain bears, jaguars and the elusive tapir, and trek to a research station nestled in a cloud forest and collect data to inform practices used to protect Ecuadorian wildlife.
  • Venture deep into the remote area the Amazon Rainforest, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, to research primates and rainforest ecology from treetop observation stations.
  • Snorkel and explore the pristine islands of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to endemic flora and fauna and assist locals with environmental management. 
  • Visit the incredible sites of historic downtown Quito, learning more about the rich culture of Ecuador.
July 13 - August 1 $6,880 Call for options Enroll Now
“The trip gives you an unparalleled look at many types of tropical species. From the cloud forest to the Amazon to the Galápagos, every aspect of our adventure was full of amazing life. The people, the place and our collective experience was one of the most memorable and wonderful times of my life.” Rowan, college alumnus


College Credits


Service Hours

Three natural science credits available through Lesley University. 

Course description: In this course, students study animal and plant biodiversity, as well as cultural approaches to conservation and sustainable practices. They will participate in lectures and discussions, field activities and ongoing service work.

Course objectives:

  • Effectively communicate principles of conservation biology and their importance in Ecuadorian ecosystems.
  • Understand potential benefits provided by the Andean, Amazonian and Galápagos ecosystems.
  • Learn about and convey a historical perspective of environmentally protected areas, stakeholder involvement in management and the necessity of monitoring.

15 hours of  service learning projects that may include trail building and maintenance, ecological data collection with partner organizations, biological surveys and local farm maintenance.


  • Must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate to participate.
  • Must be one year out of high school or have completed one semester of college.
  • Prior completion of high school or college biology course.