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Dolphins of Greece

Dolphins of Greece

Vonitsa, Greece for 8 Days • from $2,495* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered April-September: In the waters of Ionian Greece, within sight of landmarks of ancient Hellenic history, bottlenose dolphins congregate in unusually high numbers. The nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf sustain a rich biodiversity where charismatic animals--including sea turtles… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic

Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic for 15 Days • from $2,695* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered May-July: By the time the Eastern Bloc collapsed in 1989, acid rain from coal-fired power plants from countries to the west had already damaged more than two-thirds of these forested headwaters. Forests were dying, water quality was… more

Exertion level:
4/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Fort Arbeia and the Roman Empire in Britain

Fort Arbeia and the Roman Empire in Britain

South Shields Roman Fort, England for 7 Days • from $1,495* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered June-August: Two millennia ago, the Roman Empire stretched all the way to northern England, which the Romans considered the very edge of civilization—and perhaps the world. Arbeia, the Roman fort overlooking the river and harbour from Lawe… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 20 people
Must form own group? No

Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge

Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge

Churchill Northern Studies Center, Arctic for 10 Days • from $2,995* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered February, June, August, September: Global warming is most dramatically visible at the edge of the Arctic, where peatlands run in a broad strip around the globe. These wetlands contain as much as 20% of the world’s carbon, usually locked in… more

Exertion level:
5/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Iquitos, Peru for 8 Days • from $2,695* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered November-April, June, August, September: The vast, relatively untouched Amazonian forests of northeastern Peru harbor an incredible diversity of wildlife. Pink river dolphins and caimans still swim these waters, while extraordinary birds fly through the canopy. Uakari monkeys abound along the… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 20 people
Must form own group? No

Climate Change and Caterpillars in Ecuador

Climate Change and Caterpillars in Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador for 11 Days • Contact provider for price

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered July: Perched on the eastern slope of the Andes above the Amazon basin, the cloud forest of Ecuador hosts thousands of different caterpillar species, and an equally impressive diversity of plants. Caterpillars in Ecuador and elsewhere have… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Carnivores of Madagascar

Carnivores of Madagascar

Mahajanga, Madagascar for 13 Days • from $2,595* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered July, August, December: Madagascar’s lemurs are famous the world over, but their rare predator the fosa remains a mystery. One of the most ferocious predators on Earth, the cat-like fosa is actually a large relative of the civets. Seven… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Basic
Max group size: 16 people
Must form own group? No

Cheetah Conservation in Namibia

Cheetah Conservation in Namibia

Otjiwarongo, Namibia for 15 Days • from $4,595* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered February, March, May-August, October-December: Cheetahs can run 110 kilometers per hour, yet they can't run away from habitat loss, a reduced gene pool, and conflicts with humans and their livestock. Namibia is home to the world's largest remaining cheetah population,… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 6 people
Must form own group? No

Coral and Coastal Ecology of the Seychelles

Coral and Coastal Ecology of the Seychelles

Interisland Quay, Mahe Island, Seychelles for 123 Days • from $2,995* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered April, May: In 1979, Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters were declared a Marine National Park by the Seychelles in order to protect the native wildlife. Today it is home to a diverse array of habitats, ranging from… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Meerkats of the South African Kalahari

Meerkats of the South African Kalahari

Kuruman River Reserve, South Africa for 14 Days • from $3,895* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered April-September: Cooperative breeding, in which animals help others raise their young, occurs in many animal species. It appears to be common in the Kalahari Desert, where extreme conditions have molded cooperative breeding in meerkats, those inimitable relatives… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Saving Kenya’s Black Rhinos

Saving Kenya’s Black Rhinos

Nairobi, Kenya for 15 Days • from $3,095* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered February, June-October: In the past 30 years, poaching has reduced Kenya's black rhinoceros population from 20,000 to a mere 400. Fenced-in, scout-patrolled sanctuaries like this 100-square-kilometer reserve have kept rhinos on the map, even bringing their number back… more

Exertion level:
6/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 10 people
Must form own group? No

South Africa's Scavenger Species

South Africa's Scavenger Species

Johannesburg, South Africa for 12 Days • from $3,295* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered February, May, August, October, November: Despite their traditional bad reputation, brown hyaenas are actually social mammals that live in tight-knit clans, where members will even help suckle each other's young. Like other carnivores and large scavengers, brown hyaenas are suffering from… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

South African Penguins

South African Penguins

Cape Town, South Africa for 12 Days • from $2,995* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered March-August: Infamous as Nelson Mandela's former incarceration site, this island is a hotspot for seabird biodiversity, including threatened bank cormorants, African black oystercatchers, and 15,000 African penguins. It also lies in the middle of major shipping lanes,… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Managing Mangroves and Capturing Carbon in Kenyan Communities

Managing Mangroves and Capturing Carbon in Kenyan Communities

Mombasa, Kenya for 11 Days • from $2,495* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered July: Mangrove forests are among the most productive wetland ecosystems on Earth. These tropical coastal woodlands provide crucial habitat, protect coral reefs from sedimentation, and, as demonstrated by the tsunami of 2004, play a critical role in… more

Exertion level:
4/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 10 people
Must form own group? No

Climate Change and Caterpillars in Costa Rica

Climate Change and Caterpillars in Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica for 11 Days • from $2,495* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered December: Caterpillars have developed an impressive repertoire of defenses to protect themselves from predators and parasites. Some eat plant toxins to keep parasites off, others “bungee-jump” out of harm's way. Understanding why one caterpillar is a diner… more

Exertion level:
4/7
Accommodation:
Basic
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe

Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for 14 Days • from $3,395* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered May, June, August, September: This magnificent region of semi-arid grasslands and rocky outcrops is one of the best hopes for wildlife in central Asia. Argali sheep, lesser kestrels, cinereous vultures, and other animals threatened throughout their range find a stronghold… more

Exertion level:
6/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 10 people
Must form own group? No

Bahamian Reef Survey

Bahamian Reef Survey

San Salvador, Bahamas for 8 Days • Contact provider for price

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered Year-round: Coral reefs are at serious risk due to climate change, coastal development, over fishing, and other environmental stressors. One of the first signs that corals are in trouble is coral bleaching, when algae living within the… more

Exertion level:
4/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 20 people
Must form own group? Yes (custom departure). Price based on group size.

Trinidad's Leatherback Sea Turtles

Trinidad's Leatherback Sea Turtles

Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago for 12 Days • from $2,795* per room

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered April-July: This tropical island off the coast of Venezuela is known for its vibrant ethnic diversity and rich cultural events. It is also the site of one of the most important nesting beaches for endangered leatherback turtles,… 3 testimonials & more

Exertion level:
6/7
Accommodation:
Simple
Max group size: 10 people
Must form own group? No

Puerto Rico's Rainforest

Puerto Rico's Rainforest

San Juan Airport, Puerto Rico for 10 Days • from $1,995* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered March, June, November, December: The World Resources Institute estimates that each year 13.7 million hectares of tropical forest are cut down, with drastic consequences for biodiversity and local economic sustainability. Dr. Mark Nelson and the staff at Las Casas de… more

Exertion level:
6/7
Accommodation:
Basic
Max group size: 12 people
Must form own group? No

Climate And Landscape Change In Borneo’s Rainforest

National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime 2010/2011

Climate And Landscape Change In Borneo’s Rainforest

Sabah, Malaysia for 10 Days • from $1,995* per person

Operator: Earthwatch Institute

Offered July-October: Over recent decades, Borneo's once pristine rainforests have been degraded by intensive, industrial-scale logging and clearance to make way for plantations. This has threatened the island's rainforest ecosystems and the many plant and animal species they… more

Exertion level:
3/7
Accommodation:
Comfort
Max group size: 24 people
Must form own group? No
National Geographic Traveler's Tours of a Lifetime 2010

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