Academic Adventures

Take -Let's have class outside - to the next level

RED’s academic programs provide a vehicle for students to tackle real world social and environmental issues while surrounded by breathtaking land and seascapes. RED staff partners with school faculty and program directors before trips to design a field component that complements and expands on classroom-based coursework and that incorporates specific topics of interest for each class. Students are immersed in nature and local culture, interacting with local experts and learning first-hand about the link between social and environmental issues, and working hands-on in conservation activities that build character, expand knowledge, and develop research and critical thinking skills.

RED provides curriculum-based, experiential learning programs for students and academic institutions ranging from grade school through university

An overview of our trips:

Gray whale and sea turtle academic adventure
(Magdalena Bay)

sea turtle academic tripSea turtle monitoring and conservation

Students take part in a project recognized around the world as a model for community based sea turtle conservation, learning about sea turtle ecology, and threats to the species and their habitat. Local fisher-conservationists will guide students through the monitoring protocol used to gather data. After the monitoring team traps sea turtles in drift nets, students will assist recording measurements and other data, before releasing the turtles back into the wild.



Gray whale observation

Students learn about the incredible gray whale migration, stretching more than 5,000 miles from the Arctic to the protected waters of Magdalena Bay where they mate and calve. Students will get the chance to hone their whale identification techniques on two excursions for whale observation, as well as learn about the research projects being conducted in the region.


tourism-for-tomorrow-awardsMangrove and sand dune ecology

RED’s sea turtle research camp is nestled into a strip of sand dunes that divides Magdalena and Almejas bays, and is bounded on either side by lush mangroves. Students will learn about the importance of these fragile ecosystems before hiking to the top of one of the highest dunes for hundreds of miles around. On an excursion through the mangrove canals, students will learn to identify the different species of mangrove, as well as the intricate web of life contained within.

TEC students bringing a sea turtle back to the campHumans and nature – the fisheries of Magdalena Bay

Humans play an important role in Magdalena Bay, one of Mexico’s most productive fisheries. Students will learn about fisheries issues and projects focused on creating more sustainable fisheries in the region. They will then have the chance to meet local fishermen and to use artisanal fishing techniques.


Watersheds and reforestation – responding to climate change (Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve)

This innovative academic adventure gives students a hands-on course on climate change, water and desertification, and other important issues. Students don’t just come to learn – they come to make a positive impact while on the ground here in Baja California Sur.

Climate change and watersheds

Arriving in La Paz, students will learn about climate change, from a global and regional perspective. They will also meet with conservationists working on the ground to maintain the health of the watershed above the city of La Paz while improving urban water management in a desert environment.


Sierra-La-Laguna-ReforestationDesertification, Reforestation, and Biosphere Reserves

Students then head up into the Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere Reserve, home to an incredible range of flora and fauna, and the region’s only pine and oak forests. This region provides a stark contrast to the surrounding desert landscapes, and the start of the watersheds the make their way to Todos Santos, La Paz, and Los Cabos. Students will learn about the importance of Natural Protected Areas such as this one, and together with local residents, create water filtration systems, record transects of vegetation, and plant native plant species to help combat desertification. Officials from the Natural Protected Area commission will talk with us about the importance of these projects and the threats facing species and habitat.

Experiencia-cultural-BajaPreserving culture and creating sustainable livelihoods

While visiting the Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere Reserve, students will stay at a local rancho, where they will learn (hands-on!) about the centuries old culture and traditional activities that are still alive today. Interacting with local families, students will learn about the important role that residents play in the Biosphere Reserve.


Sample Itineraries

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