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Travel the world like never before


Travel the world. Make a difference.  

Earthwatch expeditions take you off the beaten path to discover nature as you’ve never experienced it before. 
Work alongside scientists, collecting valuable data that helps protect threatened wildlife, habitats and ecosystems all around the world.

Whether it’s trailing penguins in Patagonia, searching for fossils and fauna in Zambia, or tracking killer whales in Iceland – you can get involved! Help Earthwatch scientists to better understand biodiversity across the world and develop solutions to protect it.  

Pack your sense of adventure and desire to learn by becoming a citizen scientist on one the unforgettable experiences below. 

Please note: Access to your My Earthwatch portal and all bookings are directed through the Earthwatch US website with prices in Australian dollars. (Vaccination against Covid 19 is required for participation on all expeditions, as health recommendations vary globally.)

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

Be part of the team undertaking active recovery efforts on and around Magnetic Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Amazon Riverboat Exploration

Aboard a riverboat deep in the heart of Peru’s flooded Amazon region, you’ll help to conserve river dolphins and monkeys, and protect the fragile South American wilderness.

Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge

Northern ecosystems are being transformed by climate change. Join this long-term monitoring effort to explore what these changes mean for the arctic—and the rest of the world.

Climate Change in the Mackenzie Mountains

Shrinking sea ice, retreating glaciers, a tree line migrating further north, and less snow that also melts earlier—what do these climate-related changes mean for the Arctic, and for all of us?

Climate Change: Sea to Trees at Acadia National Park

Help researchers add to over 120 years of data, revealing how our reliance on fossil fuels is affecting one of America’s most beautiful places.

Conserving Threatened Rhinos in South Africa

Rhino populations are declining at an alarming rate. Help scientists to understand their behavior and habitat preferences and optimize approaches to help conserve and manage rhinos in South Africa.

Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to over 400 species of native wild bees and about 50 species of hummingbirds. But habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change threaten the health and survival of pollinators around the world. How can we better protect these important species?

Costa Rican Sea Turtles

The leatherback sea turtle population in the Pacific, once the stronghold of the species, has decreased by over 90% since 1980. Help scientists investigate this decline and look for ways to save this, and other, sea turtle species.

Discovering Ancient Societies in Portugal

Hunter-gatherers and farmers may have coexisted for a brief time in ancient Portuguese societies before the shift to agriculture. Unearth the mystery of this transition.

Elephants and Sustainable Agriculture in Kenya

In sub-Saharan Africa, elephants frequently raid and damage crops. By partnering with local farmers in southeast Kenya, researchers will help mitigate human-wildlife conflict while conserving the land and its resources using the latest sustainable agriculture and forestry methods.

Following Forest Owls in the Western U.S.

All small forest owls rely on tree cavities for nesting. But what happens when these cavities begin to disappear?

Investigating Threats to Chimps in Uganda

As food supplies in the forest decline, chimps in the Budongo Forest are raiding farmers’ crops. What is causing the decline in food? How can the area support both farmers and primate foragers?

Killer Whales and Their Prey in Iceland

Be part of the first long-term study to investigate the diet and behavior of Iceland’s killer whales, collecting information vital to protecting this important apex predator.

Mapping Biodiversity in Cuba

Cuba is on the cusp of a wave of economic development, threatening some of the unique biodiversity living there. Help researchers and wildlife managers to gain a better understanding of wildlife within protected areas in Cuba to better conserve these species.

Protecting Whooping Cranes and Coastal Habitats in Texas

Land use changes and hunting pressure pushed these migratory birds to the brink of extinction. Today, researchers are working to determine how environmental drivers and human influences are impacting the wintering home of the endangered whooping crane

Restoring Coral Reefs in Bali

Coral reefs worldwide are rapidly disappearing due to climate change and other human impacts. Help researchers investigate whether artificial reef structures can mimic natural coral communities, thereby preserving the biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human communities that rely on coral reefs.

Searching for Fossils and Fauna in Zambia

Join researchers in the stunning Luangwa River Valley of eastern Zambia to search for bones, fossils, and living animals. These data will help researchers better understand how mammalian communities have shifted over time in response to climate change.

Shark and Ray Conservation in Belize

Belize’s barrier reef was once a refuge for sharks, but with the intrusion of fisheries, shark populations have been decimated. Help researchers make the reef a safe haven again by investigating how marine reserves affect shark populations.

South African Penguins

Ninety percent of the penguin population on Robben Island has disappeared over the past 100 years. You can help conserve their habitat and protect their population.

Tracking Caterpillars in Tropical Forests

Help scientists untangle the complex relationships between caterpillars, the plants they eat, the parasitoids that eat them, and the changes in climate that will reshape the rainforest.

Tracking Sharks and Rays in Florida

Join scientists at one of the oldest and largest shark and ray research programs in the world and help protect sharks and rays from overexploitation and environmental threats.

Trailing Penguins in Patagonia

Be among the first people to get a glimpse of what penguins do far out at sea, and learn how this behaviour could affect their chicks back on land.

Unearthing Ancient History in Tuscany

The goal of this expedition is simple: to help experts reconstruct the complex past of Populonia as fully as possible.

Wildlife and Reforestation in Brazil

Around the world, ecosystems are collapsing as trees are logged and forests disappear. Large-scale reforestation efforts aim to reverse this decline—but how successful are they?

Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees

Help discover and protect this delicate Alpine environment from climate change, and from ourselves.

Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe

Explore the lives of grassland animals, from the hedgehog to the Siberian ibex, to help conserve their wilderness home.

Conserving Marine Mammals in Costa Rica

Join researchers in the pristine wilds of Costa Rica to conduct critical research on marine mammals. Your findings may help to develop a permanent marine protected area.

Walking With African Wildlife

With your help, Earthwatch researchers are working to ensure the ongoing health of a major South African wildlife preserve.

Sea of Giants: Marine Life of the Baja Peninsula

Join researchers on an exciting adventure on the Baja Peninsula as you study large marine animals, including dolphins, humpback whales, and whale sharks. Your findings will help scientists understand the effects of climatic events, urbanization, and a growing marine ecotourism industry on these remarkable marine ecosystems.