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Welcome to Ceiba

The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of tropical habitats, protection of their flora and fauna, and education of the next generation of conservationists.  Founded in 1997, with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, we work primarily in the hyper-diverse South American country  of Ecuador.

Ceiba sponsors scientific research, provides public education and supports community-based actions that promote wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation.  We emphasize projects that empower local landowners and rural communities to actively participate in sound land management practices that maintain ecosystem integrity and biodiversity while enhancing sustainable economic opportunity.

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TCS Students photograph flightless cormorants in the Galapagos

Apply Now for 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester in Ecuador

September 21st, 2017 | Joe Meisel

Spend five months exploring the incredible diversity of tropical ecosystems in Ecuador on this once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience!  You’ll learn Spanish in Quito, follow monkeys in the rainforest, practice sampling techniques on the Pacific coast, ...

New School in Tabuga!

July 23rd, 2017 | Yasi Rezai

We are please to announce the completion of a new Tabuga school! Our fabulous staff were able to secure a grant from the Rioja Spanish government to fund construction of the school. Construction began in June ...

TCS Students Survey Agroforestry Plot

TCS Internships: Students Hard At Work

May 6th, 2017 | Joe Meisel

Students in the Tropical Conservation Semester are taking conservation in their own hands, and contributing valuable skills and inexhaustible energy to ongoing projects across Ecuador.  The internship component of the TCS program provides students with ...

¡¡La primera cosecha de nuestra parcela de agroforestería!!

Esta semana hemos cosechado más de 40 libras de fréjol de palo (Cajanus cajan), tanto en verde como seco. Esta especie fue plantada fundamentalmente como un fertilizante natural del suelo. Como leguminosa sus raíces se asocian con bacterias fijadoras de nitrógeno y lo hacen disponible para las demás. Además, debido a su rápido crecimiento, proporciona sombra para las jóvenes plantas de café y cacao, protegiéndolas.

The first harvest from our agroforestry plot!!

Along this past week we have harvested more than 40 pounds of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan), both as green and dried peas. This species was planted, mainly as a natural soil fertilizer. As a legume its roots associate with nitrogen fixing bacteria and made it available for hte other plants. Furthermore, due to its fast growing, it provides shade for young coffee and cacao plants, protecting them.
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Only few days left to enroll to our semester abroad program!
Check on the comment of our last year student:
"My experience with Ceiba comes from when I attended the Tropical Conservation Semester Program in 2016. The entire semester of travels throughout Ecuador was undoubtedly the most impactful part of my college experience. It was a great time spent both in the classroom, and outside exploring Ecuador's various ecosystems."
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