Earth Expeditions

Belize: Approaches to Environmental Stewardship

Investigate coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars, and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them.

Course Details
Planned dates
in Belize:
Belize I (revised): August 2–11, 2021
Belize II: July 5–14, 2021
Belize III: July 19–28, 2021
(Open to current master’s students or students interested in taking a stand-alone course)

All students arrive at least one day before the course begins.
On the Web: May – December
Credits: 7 graduate credits from Miami University; course can be applied to the Global Field Program.
Course Cost: Projected 2021 Field course (in-country + web): $3,225 (price includes tuition for 5 graduate credits and in-country costs) + airfare to Belize City, Belize.

Projected 2021 Fall project course (web, required): $790 (price includes tuition for 2 graduate credits)

Course Overview

Join our partner, The Belize Zoo, and explore diverse terrestrial, coastal, and coral reef communities of Belize, while learning about conservation programs on such species as harpy eagles, jaguars, manatees, and howler monkeys. Students in this course will spend much of their time at The Belize Zoo and the associated Tropical Education Center, where they will conduct research investigations and gain first-hand knowledge of the conservation efforts of the Zoo. To appreciate community-based conservation in action, students also spend time with a well-known small rural community whose mission is focused on balancing species conservation and sustainable tourism initiatives. Each student will also gain experience understanding marine environments in southern Belize, by staying and studying on one of Belize’s 450 barrier islands.

Students in this course will learn a range of techniques that can inspire environmental stewardship in ourselves and others, including monitoring species populations, studying human influence on coral reefs, understanding how to motivate positive environmental behavior change, or creating species observational studies at The Belize Zoo. Discover the power of inquiry to generate knowledge and inspire conservation action. Prior to and following the field experience in Belize, students will complete coursework via Dragonfly Workshops’ Web-Based Learning Community as they apply experiences to their home institutions.