Earthwatch Institute Program Opportunities

Australia

Mantas and Sharks of Ningaloo Reef

Manta rays, stingrays, and reef sharks are just a few of the diverse species that live in the clear waters of Ningaloo Reef, a habitat also used for fishing and tourism.

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Canada

Tracking Fire and Wolves Through the Canadian Rockies

Examine how wolves and fire keep ecosystems healthy in one of the wildest places in North America. Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, is one of the few places...

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United States

Protecting Whooping Cranes and Coastal Habitats in Texas

Changes to the Whooping Crane's habitats and hunting pressure have pushed these migratory birds to the brink of extinction. Researchers are now working to preserve and expand...

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Trinidad & Tobago

Monitoring Ocelots in Trinidad

By evaluating threats to ocelots in Trinidad, researchers can work with local communities to protect these animals. Trinidad provides a unique context for researchers

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Cayman Islands

Helping Endangered Corals in Little Cayman

Help researchers learn what makes coral strong, which can have a hand in saving reefs across the world. Coral reefs live in a stressful world. Thanks to changing climate...

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United States

Climate Change: Sea to Trees at Acadia National Park

Assist in keeping Acadia National Park in Maine healthy for the people who visit it and for the animals that call it home. The craggy coasts and granite mountains of the...

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France

Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees

Environmental change has manifested in several small ways. Program participants are encouraged to observe and discover these changes in one of the most beautiful and fragile...

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Bahamas

Tracking Sea Turtles in the Bahamas

As a species, sea turtles have survived for millions of years. They have seen the dinosaurs come and go, but they might not withstand human threats. The green sea turtle

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Kenya

Exploring Lions and their Prey in Kenya

Human activities long ago changed the interactions between predators and prey in the African savanna. Find out if the balance can be restored through creative livestock management...

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Canada

Climate Change in the Mackenzie Mountains

Earthwatch Institute offers a volunteering opportunity in a research project on climate change in the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada. Volunteers will measure evidence of global...

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India

Butterflies and Bees in the Indian Himalayas

Flowering plants and their pollinators are declining in Himalayan orchards. Research, with the help of volunteers, can help determine the best way to manage these changes...

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Mongolia

Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe

Don't miss the opportunity to take an active role in designing an ongoing archeological investigation facilitated by Earthwatch Institute in the remote and beautiful Mongolian...

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Australia

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef while helping Earthwatch Institute scientists unravel the mystery of coral disease. Scuba divers from around the world come to the

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Australia

Wildlife of Australia’s Rainforest

Discover exotic plants and animals unique to the rainforest of northern Queensland, Australia through a wildlife volunteering program offered by Earthwatch Institute. The...

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Costa Rica

Safeguarding Whales and Dolphins in Costa Rica

Join researchers in the pristine wilds of Costa Rica to conduct critical research on whales and dolphins in a volunteering program from Earthwatch Institute. Findings from...

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United States

Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado

Dig into the archeology of Colorado's ancestral Pueblo communities to help uncover clues about the ancient switch from hunting and gathering to agriculture in this volunteering...

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South Africa

Walking with African Wildlife

Assist Earthwatch researchers with their efforts to ensure the continuous health of a major wildlife preserve in South Africa. The 350-square mile park also provides refuge...

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Australia

Project Manta

Take part in the Project Manta program, and get the opportunity to dive with manta rays, and contribute to a database about individual rays, their conservation needs, and...

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Italy

Unearthing Ancient History in Tuscany, Italy

The goal of this Earthwatch Institute expedition is simple: help experts reconstruct the complex past of Populonia in Italy as fully as possible. Volunteers will help excavate...

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Peru

Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Aboard a riverboat deep in the heart of Peru's flooded Amazon region, volunteers will help conserve river dolphins and monkeys, and protect the fragile South American wilderness,...

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Canada

Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge

Shrinking sea ice, retreating glaciers, a tree line migrating farther north, and less snow that also melts earlier  what do these climate-related changes mean for the Arctic...

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Costa Rica

Climate Change and Caterpillars in Costa Rica

Help scientists untangle the complex relationships between caterpillars, the plants they eat, the parasitoids that eat them, and the chances in climate that will reshape

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Costa Rica

Costa Rican Sea Turtles

The leatherback sea turtle population in the Pacific, once the stronghold of the species, has declined by over 90% since 1980. Many of the remaining Pacific leatherbacks...

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South Africa

South African Penguins

Earthwatch Institute offers volunteering opportunities in penguin research, protection, and conservation in South Africa. Majority of the penguin population of nearby Robben...

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Mongolia

Explore the Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe

Explore the lives of grassland animals, from the hedgehog to the Siberian ibex, and help conserve their wilderness home in a volunteering program from Earthwatch Institute....

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Multiple Countries

Exploring an Active Volcano in Nicaragua

Explore Nicaragua's geology and incredibly diverse wildlife in a two-week volunteering program with Earthwatch Institute. Volunteers will set up high-tech scientific instruments...

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Malaysia

Climate and Landscape Change in Borneo's Rainforest

The restoration of Borneo's remaining rainforest is essential—but the science guiding and underpinning the practice of rainforest restoration is woefully incomplete. The...

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Belize

Shark Conservation in Belize

By learning more about sharks and how they interact with the world around them, volunteers can show people why this misunderstood beast deserves to be saved. With the help...

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South Africa

Conserving Leopards and Monkeys in South Africa

Help conserve leopards and monkeys in South Africa. Program participants will help researchers gain an understanding of the ecology of these species and the factors that

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Uganda

Investigating Threats to Chimps in Uganda

Earthwatch Institute offers volunteering opportunities in investigating threats to chimps in Uganda. On this expedition, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to meet...

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Malawi

Animals of Malawi in the Majete Wildlife Reserve

Join an Earthwatch Institute team – and an abundance of wildlife, including lions, leopards, and elephants – in Malawi's Majete Wildlife Reserve for a volunteering project....

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South Africa

Conserving Endangered Rhinos in South Africa

Assist scientists in the quest for a greater understanding of the impact of Rhinos, believed to be "ecosystem engineers,” on the environment. These efforts will help manage...

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Costa Rica

Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica

Help Costa Rica become the first country in Central America to institute a national policy to protect pollinators in this volunteering opportunity from Earthwatch Institute. More...

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United States

Following Flammulated Owls in the Western U.S.

Join Earthwatch Institute and partners HawkWatch International in one of two locations within the Flammulated Owls' breeding range – in northern Utah or southwestern Arizona...

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United States

Saving Joshua Tree's Desert Species

Joshua trees can live for hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of years in one of the United States' most extreme climates: the Mojave Desert. But climate change can dramatically...

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Argentina

Trailing Penguins in Patagonia

Be among the first people to catch a glimpse of what penguins do far out at sea and learn how this behavior can affect their chicks back on land. Researchers do not know...

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Slovenia

Tracking Dolphins in the Adriatic Sea

Participate in a groundbreaking investigation into the dolphin population that lives in Slovenia's beautiful coastal waters. A decade ago, people thought that dolphins...

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