For Parents

This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Teens who travel with Earthwatch don’t just explore the world—they become full participants in real-world scientific research, immersed in stunning natural beauty and diverse global cultures. There’s no better way for students to discover what it means to be a working scientist engaged in hands-on projects that help protect, conserve, and make sense of the natural world.
Your child will work alongside top international researchers and become a full participant in the scientific process—perhaps being among the first in the world to see a newly discovered species or to explore an ancient archaeological site. 
Your child will work alongside top international researchers and become a full participant in the scientific process—perhaps being among the first in the world to see a newly discovered species . 

Every Student Group Expedition includes an unparalleled experiential learning opportunity and a chance to discover the people, culture, and natural wonders of a new part of the world. Your child will work alongside top international researchers and become a full participant in the scientific process—perhaps being among the first in the world to see a newly discovered species or to explore an ancient archaeological site. 

Good works, in good hands.

At Earthwatch, we’ve been creating safe, inspiring opportunities for volunteers to assist scientists in the field for nearly 50 years. Earthwatch Student Group Expedition staff make safety and welfare a top priority, along with education and fieldwork.

Earthwatch Student Group Expedition staff make safety and welfare a top priority, along with education and fieldwork.
Field staff trained in emergency procedures and detailed emergency response plans for every project
Earthwatch conducts thorough risk assessments carried out prior to the start of the project
Some of our safety measures include;
  • Thorough risk assessments carried out prior to the start of the project
  • Safe drinking water available at all research facilities
  • Accommodations suitable to the project and the research location
  • Field staff trained in emergency procedures and detailed emergency response plans for every project
  • 24/7 international safety management coverage

Is your child Earthwatch-ready?

Student Group Expeditions are built around important research projects located far from typical tourist spots. They’re best suited for students who are adventurous, flexible, and service-minded (in fact, volunteering with Earthwatch generally counts toward high school community service requirements). If your child enjoys hard work and has a thirst for learning, it’s time to learn more!

An Earthwatch Student Group Expedition can also help teens who struggle with anxiety about climate change but feel powerless to stop it, helping to convert that quiet panic into a sense of purpose. "Taking action really helps with the pain of what’s happening,” says Lise Van Susteren, MD, a Washington-based psychiatrist and founder of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance. “You’re harnessing the energy of that anxiety and redirecting it into constructive and empowering action.” Group activity is even better at easing our anxiety, Van Susteren adds, as it makes us feel like we’re part of something bigger. “That triggers a feeling of awe, we forget about ourselves,” she says. “If you’re doing it with a group, it brings a special kind of healing.”  

The sky—or the sea, or the forest—is the limit.

We field Student Group Expeditions all over the world with a wide range of activities. Each expedition is different, and each offers a unique opportunity to explore and discover our natural world. Browse our Earthwatch Student Expeditions to learn more about where we go and what we do, and talk with your child’s teacher about the expedition he or she is planning to lead. If your teen’s school doesn’t currently offer an Earthwatch Student Group Expedition, ask his or her teacher to consider leading one. Alternatively, we have Teen Expeditions your child can join.

 


If your teen is ready for an Earthwatch Student Group Expedition, rest assured that we will make his or her experience safe, extraordinary, and memorable! Contact us if you have any questions.
We field Student Group Expeditions all over the world with a wide range of activities.
If your teen is ready for an Earthwatch Student Group Expedition, rest assured that we will make his or her experience safe, extraordinary, and memorable! Contact us if you have any questions.
eens who travel with Earthwatch don’t just explore the world—they become full participants in real-world scientific research, immersed in stunning natural beauty and diverse global cultures.

“After this experience, I’m actually thinking about being a marine biologist. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to do something that would allow me to make a difference in the world. Now I know that I can do that by studying marine biology. I want to be able to teach others about human impact on the environment.

Fareza — Student

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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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.

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