Galapagos · Andes · Amazon
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Ceiba’s goal is to help people improve their lives and livelihoods by conserving tropical biodiversity. We focus on the unique forests of Ecuador's Pacific coast, and orchid-rich cloud forests in the Andes, two of the most threatened habitats on Earth. We believe that conservation stimulates 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 you expect from the University of Wisconsin


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


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

Notes from the Field

Study Abroad Season Gets Underway

September 4th, 2019 | Joe Meisel

The first hints of the chill of Fall are in the air, birds are starting to migrate, and students are flocking back to campus.  It’s time to start thinking about study abroad possibilities for next year!  Whether you are keen to swim amidst coral reef fishes, slip quietly through tall forests thick with monkeys, scale ...

Reforestation Gallery (2019)

April 4th, 2019 | Monica Hall

Thank you to all who have contributed to Ceiba’s reforestation efforts! Our work is just ...

Catherine Woodward & Lalo Loor

Lalo Loor, Dairy Farmer, Recounts His Conservation Journey

November 27th, 2018 | Joe Meisel

2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve , thanks to the commitment of Eudaldo “Lalo” Loor, a conservation-minded dairy farmer. We met Lalo while seeking pristine examples of coastal dry forest for tropical ecology courses, and the reserve gradually grew into a focal point for environmental education and conservation programs. You can read more about ...