King of the Jungle (actually, Queen)
The 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester spent an amazing two weeks in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, and had the incredible good fortune of spotting a jaguar (Panthera onca) on our final day! The top predator ...read more
Cold and Wet, and Happy, in the High Andes
Students come to Ecuador and join the Tropical Conservation Semester program to explore the amazing diversity of ecosystems this country has to offer, to immerse themselves in local culture, and to experience first hand the unique ...read more
Tropical Conservation Semester Spreads its Wings
Like a caterpillar spending months gathering its energies to become a butterfly, students on the 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester have been packing, buying gear, practicing Spanish, and completing a hundred other preparations, readying themselves to emerge from ...read more
Kapok Annual Newsletter 2017
2017 Annual Newsletter November 2017 download PDF What is Kapok? Table of Contents Earthquake Recovery Recovery from Disaster Catalyzes Positive Change Relief and Recovery Fund Summary 2016-2017 Coastal Dry Forest Producing Science, and Food, ...read more
El Pahuma: one of best places to see orchids in Ecuador!
The El Pahuma Orchid Reserve was written up as one of the best places to see orchids in Ecuador, near Quito, according to a 2017 article by CultureTrip. This lush cloud forest, owned by the Lima family, ...read more
2018 Tropical Conservation Semester in Ecuador is Nearly Underway
All aboard! Students are getting ready for the 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester, where they will spend five months exploring the incredible diversity of tropical ecosystems in Ecuador on a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience! They’ll learn Spanish ...read more
New School in Tabuga!
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 ...read more
TCS Internships: Students Hard At Work
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 ...read more
The Day The Earth Shook, One Year Commemoration
On April 16 the residents of Tabuga, staff of the Lalo Loor Reserve, and Ceiba Foundation personnel gathered to commemorate the one year anniversary of the deadly earthquake that completely changed the face of Ecuador’s ...read more
Galapagos: Fins And Feathers, Swimming And Schooling!
Charles Darwin spent only five weeks in the Galapagos, but the visit contributed immensely to his thinking about natural selection, the theory that literally rocked the world. The Tropical Conservation Semester just returned from three ...read more