www.earthwatch.org – Earthwatch Institute
Change the world and yourself!
For 40 years, Earthwatch has protected our planet with a community of scientists, educators, students, businesspeople, and explorers including 20,000 global members, 4,000 volunteers, 50 collaborating conservation organizations, and 50 corporate partners, all working together to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage. Earthwatch is finding creative ways to respond to today’s environmental challenges – climate change, declining ocean health, unsustainable resource management, and threatened cultures. Earthwatch is currently sponsoring over 130 scientific field research projects in 49 countries, 18 American states, and making volunteer field grants of $3.7 million.
Baby boomers and their families can learn about critical ecological and cultural challenges facing us worldwide. Special skills are not needed to join an expedition, only a sharp sense of adventure and the desire to help solve environmental problems that matter to you. Choose your area of research from Archaeology & Paleontology, Mammals, Oceans, Climate Change, Cultures, Teen Teams (ages 16-18), and Group Expeditions in Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Central America, Europe/Russia, North America/Arctic, and South America.
From the extensive selection of expeditions, we especially like Discovering Italy’s Ancient Roman Coast. Help enrich Tuscany’s archaeological heritage at the Roman settlement Poggio del Molino saving cultural treasures through excavation, collection, cleaning, and documentation of artifacts. The Wildlife and Wine in Bordeaux expedition provides the opportunity to monitor and assess the biodiversity of the vineyard at the 18th century Chateau Les Vergnes. Test and improve viticulture methods benefitting surrounding wildlife. Or, you may prefer to focus your attentions on gathering data on the distribution of wildlife and rhinos to save them from extinction as part of the Saving Kenya’s Black Rhino’s expedition. The Costa Rican Coffee From Community to Cup expedition for teens features data collection on soil conditions, shade tree coverage, erosion, plant yield, and GIS technology to map the biodiversity in the region and help coffee farmers and scientists create sustainable coffee farms. Check out Climate Change in Chesapeake Bay Forests, Climate Change and Caterpillars in New Orleans, Whales of Southern California, and Geology and the Shaping of the American Southwest to help here at home!
Take the time to go online and visit this fabulous website which provides amazing opportunities and ways to get involved. Have fun while doing good work. You will be glad you did!