Utila, Hondurus Coral Reef Ecology Program

Please note: this program is not being run in 2017; instead please see details about Pacific Program in Oahu, Hawaii, July 21-31, 2017.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


Our Coral Reef Ecology program takes place on the island of Utila in Honduras, where we do a benthic survey of coral bleaching, eradicate invasive lionfish, participate in a whale shark and REEF fish survey and do a trash cleanup underwater.

This project is seven days in duration and brings together students ages 15+ from all around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We provide PADI scuba certification (advanced certification for those who quality), in-depth marine ecology instruction, and teach marine IDs necessary to complete our project.

researchWhat Do We Study?

  • how diversity is structured on the coral reef
  • current threats to the health of the coral reef
  • the effects of global warming, fishing, and diving pressures on the reef
  • the lionfish invasion
  • the role of technology in monitoring
  • fish IDs

We are currently piloting this project this spring and will be frequently updating our blog about it.

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Customized Marine Ecology Programs

We also design custom service learning programs for groups of students, age 15+ or educators to help save threatened marine habits such as the coral reef.

Programs can be one to three weeks in length, but always include:

  • a field research component that serves local marine conservation needs
  • marine ecology instruction necessary to meaningfully engage and undertake the field research component
  • scuba instruction and supervision by PADI certified Scuba Instructors (if necessary for your project)
  • all travel and logistics

You provide:A minimum of twelve students, ages 15+ or a group of educators.

We do the rest!


Or suggest another location or marine ecosystem you’d like to study and we’ll make it happen. We partner with conservation organizations on the ground in the locale we are working and design a project under the supervision of the local Department of the Environment to make sure that your service learning project is relevant, safe, and serves your educational and social goals.

Contact us at 617-304-4402 to design your own service learning marine conservation project and get started making a difference to the sea.


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