In partnership with Rustic Pathways, this hands-on course will allow students to explore how environmental challenges can be addressed at the grassroots level. Working with a local marine research and conservation group, students will learn about the issues involved in marine protection and conservation in the Dominican Republic. From their home base in the beach town of Bayahibe, students will examine coral reef health and explore the indigenous and invasive species that are part of the reef’s ecosystem. Service learning projects include the construction of coral structure, performing erosion analysis, marine monitoring of dolphins and joining an ongoing reef analysis study. Students also explore the interrelationship between connecting ecosystems, and how urban development impacts environmental protection efforts. In addition to their work in the field, the group will learn more about the history and culture of the DR.
Dates of Travel: December 9-17, 2016
Travel Fee: $2600