Unique Environments, Indigenous Cultures, and the Effects of Human Pressures

June 20—July 9, Summer 2017

Experience the wonder of the natural world in some of the most unique environments on Earth!


blue footed boobieAdventures in the Ecuadorian Mainland include:


  • Zip-lining and bird-watching in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forestmarine iguana 2
  • A tour of the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes
  • A service learning project at an animal rescue center in the Amazon River Basin
  • Stay with a host family in an indigenous community within the Amazon Basin
  • Learn about traditional healing from a local Shaman
  • Visit a geothermal hot springs


frigate bird

Adventures ingiant tortoise the Galapagos Include:


  • Hiking, Boating, Kayaking, Bike Riding, and Snorkeling in the San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, North Seymour and Isabela Islands
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Hike to the white sand beaches of Tortuga Bay and view marine iguanas
  • Participate in a reforestation service project on Santa Cruz Island
  • Visit the giant tortoise breeding center
  • Snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles and rays in the Islets of Las Tintoritas and Kicker Rock
  • Visit magnificent Frigate Bird and Blue-Footed Boobie nests
  • Horseback ride to Chico Volcano to view fumaroles and overnight camping in a private reservemarien iqguana 1
  • Tour Academy Bay by kayak and Swim in Las Grietas, a network of flooded volcanic cracks.




Course Title:

Envrionmental Studies and Stewardship in the Galapagos Archipelago, Amazon River Basin and Equadorian Cloud Forest


May be taken for undergraduate or graduate creditexample_course_option

         Undergraduate:  CH370 (1-3), GS 420 (1-5)

         Graduate: CH670 (1-3), GS606 (1-6), ED 607 (1-6)




What should you do next? 


Download this file to get started:    guide-for-applying-to-the-program

Click here for a Full Itinerary: Galapagos Itinerary and for Budget Information: 2017-budget-5-19-16


Apply Here by Dec 15th!


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For More Information  Contact: Patricia Flatt at flattp@wou.edu / (503)838-8644 or Arlene Courtney at courtna10@aol.com / (503)838-8207




Department of Chemistry

(503) 838-8644 | or e-mail: flattp@wou.edu