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Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute is the world’s largest environmental volunteer non-profit organization. Its mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Founded in Boston in 1971, they have approximately 120 projects fielding in more than 55 countries around the world. Their research efforts focus on climate change, endangered species and resources, marine biology and ocean conservation, and threatened traditional cultures.


SEEtheWILD Volunteer Expeditions


Making A Difference


Supporting scientific field research related to sustainable development conducted by leading scientists in a broad range of disciplines from habitat management to health care. Their Research Program provides vital support where funding is limited; to scientists from developing countries, women in science, and long-term monitoring projects.


Earthwatch is a respected leader in the field of experiential education, with programs ranging from improving the quality of geography instruction to "live from the field" web-based virtual expeditions. More than 3,500 students and 4,000 classroom teachers have received training and inspiration on their expeditions.


Establishing strategic international and community partnerships to support multi-disciplinary research projects in some of the world's outstanding areas of ecological and cultural value. By engaging communities in setting priorities and securing their investment throughout the process, Earthwatch implements an effective community-based conservation model.

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Help study and protect sharks in Belize
© Michelle Kinzel / Earthwatch Institute
Gray whales migrate through Southern California waters when traveling between Baja and Alaska
© Ellen Rowe / Earthwatch Institute
Join researchers in the Amazon to study birds and other wildlife