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.
Our academic programs are led by specialized instructors trained in field protocol, risk prevention and management, who are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR). Instructors typically hold science degrees in marine biology, oceanography, ecology, and related themes, and are adept at transmitting their practical knowledge to students and adults alike.
RED leverages its deep ties and working relationships to the science and conservation community to create a range of in the field and urban experiences. Themes include: - Sea turtle ecology, research and conservation
- Mangrove and sand dune ecology
- Whale shark research
- Gray whale ecology
- Desertification, soil restoration, climate change and reforestation in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve
- Urban restoration and water harvesting
- Bat monitoring
- Coral reef ecology and restoration
- Sustainable fisheries
- Socio-economic development (including sustainable tourism)
- Socio-political challenges to conservation
Students work alongside fisher/conservationists to carry out a sea turtle monitoring program recognized around the world as a model for community-based research and conservation.
With the natural world as their classroom, students participate in team building activities, cooperative interaction and communications.