Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
Conservation • Research • Education

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

USFQ campus

Tropical Conservation Semester Begins!

January 13th, 2020 | Joe Meisel

While ice and snow grip the north, here on the equator everything is sunny, green, and warm.  Students in the Tropical Conservation Semester arrived in Ecuador a few days ago, and are settled in with host families, getting accustomed to local food (popcorn on soup? terrific!), and already testing their high-altitude lungs.  Classes began today, ...

Ava leads environmental education workshop

Report from the Field – Ava Williams

January 13th, 2020 | Interns and Volunteers

My name is Ava Williams.  I am a student from Colorado State University where I am currently finishing up a B.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.  I am interning at Bosque Seco Lalo Loor Reserve for ten weeks, during which I will be helping with a variety of projects from forest dynamics research to ...

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 ...