High School Adventures

Mediterranean Dolphin + Wildlife Conservation

Get ready to learn how field biologists protect marine life in the Mediterranean. You never know when a dolphin might surf the wake of your boat or a sea turtle might crawl from a sandy nest on the beach.

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Students caring for green turtle at conservation centre Italy
Teens on speed boat ride on mediterranean wildlife conservation program
Students hiking along Italian coastline on wildlife program

Brilliant days scouting dolphins, whales and sea turtles on the Italian Coast

  • Research dolphins, whales and sea turtles in their natural habitats alongside wildlife biologists and your fellow adventurers.
  • Support wildlife conservation efforts in partnership with research organizations and a rescue center.
  • Hone research skills scouting for pods of playful dolphins in the blue waters and strolling golden beaches in search of sea turtle nests.
  • Experience feeding, tagging and rehabilitating sea turtles.
  • Hike the Walk of the Gods along the vibrant Amalfi Coast, getting a taste of the warm and welcoming Italian culture.
  • Visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius and snorkel the stunning waters of Capri to round out your appreciation of Italy through experiences by land and by sea.
June 26 - July 15, 2021$7,380UnavailableEnroll Now
July 18 - August 6, 2021$7,380UnavailableEnroll Now
“This trip was truly a life changing experience! The immersion into a whole new culture and world while learning so extensively ... gave me new perspectives that I will continue to use throughout all paths of my life. I made amazing friends out of the strangers I met at the beginning of this journey, and I will continue to keep in touch and appreciate these bonds long after we say our goodbyes.” Hanna, high school alumna


Credits Available


Service Hours

Three natural science credits available through Lesley University. 

Course description: This course is a survey of natural history, biology, behavior, conservation, monitoring and research techniques of dolphins, whales and sea turtles. Coursework consists of both academic discussions and field work, allowing you to gain hands-on experience with conservation in action.

Course objectives:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the natural history, biology, behavior and conservation of dolphins, whales and sea turtles.
  • Identify and compare Italy’s dolphin populations.
  • Learn about sea turtle life cycles, mating habits and migratory patterns.
  • Practice research and data collection techniques to survey marine populations.
  • Examine conservation efforts and the impacts of the tourism economy.

35 hours of service learning through projects focused on sustainability and conservation efforts.


  • Available to students completing grades 9-12. No additional experience necessary.