EDUO 9669: Academic Expeditions - Immersive Ecology and Social Studies (in Puerto Rico)

This Academic Expeditions program is structured to enable teachers help conserve the leatherback sea turtle by volunteering to patrol nesting beaches and assist local scientists with data collection and monitoring of this endangered species. Being in the company of a leatherback as she ends her outstanding journey to lay her eggs is a moving experience and having the opportunity to participate directly in their conservation is a privilege offered to only a few. This experience will truly enrich your life. On our adventure to learn about the rich natural and cultural histories of this beautiful region we will hike through a tropical rain forest and kayak through a mangrove channel into a bioluminescent bay. We will visit a cave of amazing geological and historical significance as we learn about rare formations and relive the story of Puerto's original inhabitants, the Taino Indians. Expert guides will lead all experiences. We will stay in San Juan not far from the nesting beach where we will patrol for leatherbacks.

The fee for this course covers only the cost of the course tuition and one official transcript that will be mailed upon successful course completion and grading. All travel expenses and/or admission fees are the responsibility of the student.

In collaboration with Kim Marshall McLean. For trip questions, contact

The travel portion is being organized and guided by Discovery Expeditions ( for this course and is separate.

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