Ceiba connects nature and people, saving tropical species and habitats while helping communities improve their lives and livelihoods.  We focus on Ecuador's coastal forest and orchid-rich mountains, two of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.  Our approach keeps land in local hands by emphasizing conservation easements and financial incentives to promote sustainable land stewardship.

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

Ocelots Thrive in Lalo Loor Reserve

September 6th, 2021 | Joe Meisel

Ceiba’s cameras in the Lalo Loor Reserve picked up a video of a curious Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) wandering the trail system, in the middle of the day.  It seemed surprised by the camera, and gave it a sniff or two!  These medium-sized, spotted jungle cats are key predators of rodents, snakes, and ground birds, and ...

Tropical Conservation Semester to Return in 2022

August 11th, 2021 | Joe Meisel

Thanks to the improving situation in Ecuador, and the rapid pace of vaccination among university students in the US, our partners at the University of Wisconsin and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito recently announced that Spring 2022 semester abroad programs can proceed!  We at Ceiba are delighted to finally return to what we do ...

Marine Biology Course Returns From Belize

August 8th, 2021 | Joe Meisel

Counting conch, watching parrotfish, and measuring corals, all were a part of Ceiba’s 2021 summer Marine Biology course in Belize. After an info-packed two weeks of online learning, 15 excited students headed for the coral reef for two weeks of snorkeling, scuba diving, and underwater research projects. The course was based on Middle Caye, a ...