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Ceiba’s goal is to save tropical biodiversity while helping people improve their lives and livelihoods. Our focus is on Ecuador's unique coastal forests and orchid-rich cloud forests, two of the most threatened habitats on Earth. We believe conservation can stimulate local development when rural landowners and communities are empowered to make informed, ecologically sound decisions.

Study Abroad

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime educational adventure in pristine tropical locales, and benefit from Ceiba’s twenty years of conservation experience and the academic quality of the University of Wisconsin


Your support protects critically threatened forests on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and in the Andes by launching locally-operated nature reserves and linking community development to biodiversity conservation


Ceiba scientists, volunteers, and researchers from around the world study how to protect nature and ensure that communities benefit from ecosystem services like clean and abundant fresh water

Notes from the Field

Mantled Howler and infant at BSLL

Read Ceiba’s Annual Newsletter, Kapok

November 10th, 2019 | Joe Meisel

Our annual newsletter, Kapok, has just been released!  Click here to read year-end summaries of all our projects, hear updates from former students, and see our conservation plans for the future. Ceiba continues to focus on protecting the highly threatened tropical dry forests that line the coast of Ecuador.  These forests are home to hundreds ...

Woolly Monkey hanging out in Amazon rainforest

Get Ready to Swing Down to Ecuador!

October 11th, 2019 | Joe Meisel

Monkeys, toucans, sloths, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and giant tortoises await students in the Tropical Conservation Semester!  Soon we’ll all be hanging out in Ecuador, exploring remote and amazingly diverse sites from the comfort of world-class research stations. If you’ve been accepted to the program, please head on over to the Preparing To Go page ...

Three-toed Sloth in Amazon rainforest

Snooze and You Might Lose! Your Adventure to Ecuador Awaits!

October 1st, 2019 | Joe Meisel

Don’t just take a nap up there, time’s a’wasting!  There’s still one week left before the application deadline for the Tropical Conservation Semester. This unique educational adventure takes you to some of the most pristine, remote, and wildlife-packed locations on Earth!  We spend two weeks in the Amazon Rainforest, and three full weeks in the ...