Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
Conservation • Research • Education

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Ceiba has taken swift action to return our students to the US, require all staff work only from home, and defend our reserves by maintaining daily patrols. We urge everyone to stay safe, and to remember that nature reserves like ours await you when you are again free to travel.

Our 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

Students collect seedlings at local nursery

Semester Students Recalled Home

March 16th, 2020 | Joe Meisel

In response to the global pandemic, the University of Wisconsin and Ceiba have suspended the field portion of the Tropical Conservation Semester, and recalled students back to their homes.  While Ecuador has seen relatively few cases of COVID-19, it is clear that the virus will continue to spread around the world, and that everyone should ...

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 ...