Wonder, Curiosity & Science


Duration 9/10 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Adventure
Science focus
Art (through the lens of Nature Journals)


Wonder, Curiosity & Science on the Galápagos

Galapagos II

The Galapagos Islands have been the site of numerous scientific studies and discoveries, including those that led to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Today, scientists continue researching the islands, focusing on marine ecology, climate change, and species conservation. The Galapagos National Park, in collaboration with universities and research institutions, oversees these activities ensuring that they are carried out in a sustainable and responsible manner.

“Wildlife unfolds against a backdrop of volcanic landscapes, creating a living testament to evolution.“


“Pristine beaches cradle stories of endemic species, inviting travelers to witness nature's ongoing masterpiece.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Students arrive to Baltra, travel to Puerto Ayora, stopping to admire “Los Gemelos” craters. Upon arrival, we review Island regulations and safety protocols. We visit the Plaza Islands for a tour, swimming, and exploration of the Marine Ecosystem and visit a local market to sample new snacks.

Day 2

Students visit a farm near a tortoise-populated trail for an unfiltered, awe-inspiring encounter. Afterwards, they explore the Charles Darwin Research Institute and Tortoise Breeding Center and interview park rangers and conservationists to gain diverse perspectives on Galapagos conservation.

Day 3

We begin with an orientation and overview of nature journaling, and complete a wildlife drawing workshop. Next, we head to Laguna de las Ninfas for bird drawing and exploration. After lunch, we visit the Galapagos Center for Renewable Energy, explore town, and dive into our Citizen Science tasks.

Day 4

We travel to Isabela, check in to our hotel and have lunch. We take a bus to the Wall of Tears, where we take a hike and collect data for GLOBE as our first citizen science activity. Back in town, we freshen up before heading back into town to take an evening stroll, people-watch, and eat dinner.

Day 5

After our citizen science daily briefing, we head to Los Tuneles for snorkeling and data collection, hoping to spot endemic penguins and green sea turtles. After mapping the area, we lunch, journal, and relax on the beach. We return to Isabela and enjoy a drawing lesson and cooking class.

Day 6

After an early start, we trek to Sierra Negra Volcano, offering stunning views of lava fields and the Pacific Ocean. Using precepts of systems thinking, we highlight the importance of conservation in this delicate ecosystem. The rest of the day is dedicated to our Citizen Science projects.

Day 7

We return by boat to Puerto Ayora, wind down at the hotel and later analyze our research data, sharing our favorite pages from our nature journals. Later, we embark on an Amazing Race around Puerto Ayora and enjoy a final swim at the beach. The day ends with a celebratory farewell dinner.

Day 8

On our last day, we eat breakfast and conduct our program closing ceremony and program evaluations, and then take the ferry back to Baltra, where we check in for our international flights home.

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Lenses of Inquiry


Nature Journaling

On this program, we craft an individual, beautiful, thoughtful nature journal. Through observing and sketching island species, students learn about their traits and habitats, while honing close observation, critical thinking and artistic expression, and cultivating environmental stewardship.


Citizen Science

Students understand the Galapagos Islands' significance in scientific history, fostering wonder and respect for nature's diversity. They study iconic species like marine iguanas, sea lions, and giant tortoises, guided by local experts through various ecological zones.



Students are pushed beyond their comfort zones, learning to manage emotions individually and as a group. Their sense of wonder and inquiry for the world is ignited through hiking the Sierra Nevada Volcano rim, snorkeling with sharks, and having meaningful conversations with Galapagueños.


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