We design our Earthwatch Teen Expeditions specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds. They’re unlike any other experience a teenager can have.
Do something special this summer: hike through beautiful tropical forests, follow clear rivers, and look for native birds, lizards, and frogs - all to support quality science.
Welcome to the rainforest of Puerto Rico, where each night the coquí frogs chirp and the smooth, pale bark of the tabonuco trees glows in the moonlight. This rich land needs your protection, as do forests around the world.
Humans have extensively used most of Puerto Rico’s forests, clearing them for coffee plantations and pastures and harvesting their wood for fuel. Now, as more people move to cities, urban sprawl threatens the forests. Much of the already harvested land has reverted to secondary forest - that is, they have grown over with a second generation of trees - and are ignored until it’s profitable to exploit them again.
You’ll help learn how Puerto Ricans can benefit from their rainforest without diminishing its resources. You’ll try your hand at a wide array of activities: monitoring areas where different forest management techniques are being tested to see how healthy the trees are, planting native tree species, and counting and observing birds. With your help, these researchers - and ultimately all of us -can become better stewards of our forests.