Belize: Course Details

Course Themes

  • Coral reef and marine ecology
  • Ecology and conservation of manatees
  • Forest ecology
  • Changing role of zoos in conservation
  • Curricular development and educational leadership
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Participatory education
  • Community-based conservation

A typical day in Belize is likely to include:

  • Visits to field conservation sites
  • Lectures
  • Student-led discussions of key course topics
  • Engagement with local communities
  • Open inquiries
  • Journal writing


Belize contains a significant portion of the vast Maya Forest that stretches across the Yucatan Peninsula. This lowland forest, home to more than 95 mammal and 400 bird species, is the second-largest contiguous tract of tropical forest in the Americas. Animals include jaguar, puma, ocelot, armadillo, keel-billed toucans, and macaws. Within Belize’s rich coastal environments lives what may be the largest population of manatees in the Caribbean. The diverse marine ecosystem of Belize also includes a 290-kilometer-long barrier reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere.

“The Earth Expeditions class format actively engages the students. Other graduate courses are more passive learning, and do not often lead to new ideas. This class reaches into the future and sparks ideas for educational opportunities.”– Deborah K., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dragonfly Workshops Web-Based Learning Community

Upon acceptance into the program, students will join instructors and classmates in DragonflyWorkshops’ collaborative Web community to complete pre-trip assignments. After returning home, students will continue to work in their Web-based community through early December to develop projects initiated in the field, discuss assignments, and exchange ideas. All students should expect to spend two to three hours a week contributing to their Web-Based Learning Community from their home or school computer. Navigating the Web platform is easy–it’s designed for people with no prior computer experience. To learn more about this unique Web experience, visit

More Information

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