Ignite your passion for science. Join the expedition of a lifetime.
It's like a light switch went on and my world is brighter.
Guadalupe Lufio — 2015 Ignite student fellow
Summer just got lit.
Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, you and your Ignite peers will conduct hands-on field and laboratory research—the real work of science. Whether you’re counting critters in coastal tidepools or measuring and weighing baby owls in their nests, you’ll be collecting the data needed to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems.
You’ll also have the chance to bond with other students or the research staff during free time and group meals, hear guest speakers discuss important sustainability issues, and explore the beautiful natural landscape you’ll call home for the duration of the expedition. Recent Ignite expedition locations have included:
- Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park, Maine
- Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf Coast of Texas
- The Fox Hill Salt Marsh and The Marsh Meadows Salt Marsh along the Rhode Island coastline
- Southwestern Research Station, Arizona
- Crow Canyon Archeological Center, Colorado
- Flathead National Forest, Montana
- Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah
Discover the world of opportunity waiting for you: 97% of Ignite alumni say the program helped them understand new possibilities in life, and nearly two-thirds choose to write about their Earthwatch experience in their college essays. Apply now for your opportunity of a lifetime!
About the Ignite Awards
Our generous donors want to support and inspire creative high school students by immersing them in the hands-on practice of real-world science. Thanks to their funding, an Ignite fellowship covers all costs associated with participation on the expedition, including roundtrip travel, meals and lodging, research activities and laboratory fees, and recreational day activities.
In return, Earthwatch asks each student to support its mission and ensure the program’s renewed funding by completing a Volunteer Evaluation at the end of the expedition. We also ask fellows to provide a Field Report within 30 days after the expedition’s end, including an essay describing their field experience and a thank-you letter to their funder. We also appreciate being alerted to any media coverage you may have received from your participation.
We are currently applying for funding to grow this program in new cities. If you are interested in learning more about the program and how you can support it, please email us at email@example.com
Before Earthwatch, I thought scientists just sat in a laboratory all day and looked at mice. After Earthwatch, I realized that I was completely wrong—scientists get to be out in the elements and actually explore the world..
Andrea Gamino — 2013 Ignite fellow, Mammals of Nova Scotia
Share your passion and stay involved.
Follow us at “Earthwatch” on Facebook and Instagram and find us on Twitter at @earthwatch_org to see photos and updates from the field and to learn more about our expeditions!
It was my first real exposure to doing research, especially such hands-on research with so much responsibility in my hands—and it turns out I love it.
Grace Cortese — 2018 Ignite student fellow
Experience hands-on science in some of the most astounding locations in the world. Meet a community of like-minded travelers and return home with stories filled with adventure.
YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
Earthwatch depends on donations—above and beyond what we raise from volunteers who participate on our expeditions—in order to deliver our global conservation mission. In fact, volunteer contributions provide only half of the total resources Earthwatch needs to sustain over 40 field research expeditions, a wide variety of educational programs, corporate sustainability trainings, and more each year.