Student Group Expeditions

This isn’t ecotourism; it’s eco-heroism.

Our natural world is in trouble, and it’s easy to feel helpless, hopeless, and powerless to save it. But taking action—especially with a group—can help transform that despair into empowerment.

And the scientists who are on the front lines in the fight to rescue our planet from threats like climate change, pollution, deforestation, and habitat loss need your help.


A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), also known as the green turtle, black (sea) turtle or Pacific green turtle.
A bird in a hand in the foreground of the photo, with two teens in the back looking on.

On an Earthwatch Student Group Expedition, you’ll travel to stunningly wild locations and assist scientists in conducting real-world research on threatened species and habitats. Whether you’re studying sharks in Belize, sampling the intertidal zone of coastal Maine, or hiking the Andorran Pyrenees searching for signs of climate-related stress in birds and other wildlife, your efforts will help researchers to conserve these diverse ecosystems as they build the scientific case for their protection.

A teen girl with a shell in her hand enjoying her expedition at Acadia National Park.

At the same time, teachers and students alike will see science come to vivid life through an unparalleled experiential learning opportunity. You’ll perform vital, peer-reviewed scientific field research under the supervision of skilled researchers, all while immersed in diverse global cultures in striking natural settings.

Two women examining a rodent they caught for research purposes.
Four students doing owl research work in Utah.

An Earthwatch Student Group Expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for most students. But for those teens inspired to pursue their passion for science or a career in conservation, it’s bound to a first-in-a-lifetime experience—the spark that ignites an enduring interest in scientific study and our natural world. Learn how your school can help discover, and save, the natural world.


I have been a science teacher for 20 years. If I had had a teacher in high school that exposed me to this kind of experience, I would be saying that I have been a field biologist for 20 years.

Dean Zrucky, teacher at Port of Los Angeles High School



Be more than a tourist

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.

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Ocean Illustration


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.