Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
Education • Conservation • Research

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 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

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 ...

Students underwater in Galapagos Islands

Adventure in the Galapagos

September 26th, 2019 | Joe Meisel

Retrace Darwin’s route through the world-famous islands, where you can meet giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies on land, then swim beneath the waves with colorful fishes, sea lions, and even penguins!  See a few of the highlights from our last few trips here: Want to see more?  Live your Galapagos adventure on Ceiba’s Tropical Conservation ...