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Tropical Ecology


Every Click on the above image to play video of highlights from our 2018 study abroad trip to Costa Rica.


 Why Belize?

Belize, despite its small size, is a Central American nature and ecotourism hotspot. About 26% of the country, or 2.6 million acres, is preserved with a total of 95 Nature Reserves in marine and terrestrial ecosystems, with 17 of those government designated National Parks. The network of Nature Reserves and Parks, coupled with a low population density, has allowed Belize to conserve an incredible biodiversity of plants and animals for such a small country. This includes more than 150 species of amphibians and reptiles, 150 species of mammals, approximately 600 species of freshwater and marine fish, and about 540 species of birds, as well as an impressive 3,408 species of vascular plants.

What are the itinerary highlights?


Tropical Education Center (2 days, 2 nights) - 

  • Acclimation Session - learn about biodiversity, environmental education, natural resource management, and sustainability.
  • Belize Zoo Night Tour - learn about the natural history of these native species when they are at their most active.

Las Cuevas Research Station (3 days, 3 nights) - 

  • Cave Tubing - feel the excitement as you float into mysterious limestone archways beckoning you into the mouth of old caves.
  • Zip Lining - soar 700 feet across the thick jungle canopy while enjoying a bird's-eye view of ancient ceremonial caves.
  • Nature Hikes - explore the Chiquibul Forest Reserve where you will spot a diverse array of flora and fauna endemic to Belize.

Coconut Row (2 days, 2 nights) - 

  • Hopkins Village - enjoy free time on the beach before heading back into the rainforest

La Milpa Field Station (2 days, 2 nights) - 

  • Acclimation Session - learn about the biodiversity and ecotourism of this station.
  • Nature Hikes - experience the forest to see the flora and fauna in this region of Belize.

Sun Breeze Hotel (3 days, 3 nights) - 

  • Cacao Seed to Chocolate - learn about the chocolate making process and its importance as an industry in Belize.
  • Snorkeling Tour - head out to Caye Caulker area to swim with the manatees, experience mangrove forests, and see what why the coastal waters of Belize are so important.
  • Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve - experience large outcroppings of coral, which are home to millions of small fishes, lobster, conch, and occasional sea turtles.

What dates will we be gone?

14 May 2019 - 26 May 2019

What all is included?

Round-trip airfare, ground transportation, 12 nights in biological field stations and select hotels, meals (12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 10 dinners), personal guides and assistants, admission fees, country guidebook and pre-travel documents, embedded medical insurance, and 24/7 emergency support

Where to go for more information?


TSU CR 2018
The Tarleton Tropical Ecology course has its own page on the WorldStrides website (XXXXXX), which provides additional information including a section for parents and a fundraising section as well.