Environmental Issues

Learn about the tough issues facing our planet today and what we can do to make our world a better place

Our Environmental Issues expeditions are curated to provide in-depth experiences focused on finding solutions to the environmental issues we are facing today as a global community. Students partner with local experts to better understand the interaction between humans and their environment. Choose from a variety of destinations to learn how environmental science in the lab integrates and shows up in the physical and biological world around us. Students participate in interviews with local experts, conservation efforts, urban planning, and sustainability programs. Envision snorkeling the coral reefs surrounding the Abaco islands in the Bahamas to measure human impact or taking water samples from the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Choose from destinations like Iceland, Germany and the Bahamas.

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A Week in Ancient Greece

Greece is considered by many to be the cradle of Western Civilization. Its history has captured hearts and imaginations the world over. A visit to Greece as you travel abroad offers visitors a deeper understanding of where the human race has come from, and a glimpse into where it’s headed.

Aboriginal Journey through the Australian Outback

Welcome to the Land Down Under! On this radical journey you will camp in the Australian Outback and experience pure adventure. Hear stories of the aboriginal people as you discover ancient cave paintings. Get ready for campfires and nights under a blanket of stars in this magnificent desert region.

Agriculture in Coastal California

Arrive in San Francisco, depart from Santa Barbara and delight in the wonder of Coastal California. Engage with experts in the fields of agriculture and aquaculture. Relish fresh, coastal cuisine, and gaze at the unparalleled vistas.

Alaska Arctic Tour

Take a ride on the Aurora Winter Train during Spring break Learn about climate change first hand along the Alaska Railroad starting in Anchorage and concluding in Fairbanks. Enter the arctic circle for 2 days on this incredible adventure and enjoy a grey whale watching tour, a visit to one of the northernmost cities, explore the Anchorage Museum, flightsee in Denali, witness the aurora borealis and trek Fairbanks by dog sled.

America’s Pacific North West

Wilderness, Volcanoes and Marine Life – Oh My! The states in the U.S. geographic region informally known as the “Pacific Northwest” encompass a surprisingly large number of national parks, monuments and areas preserved for historical, cultural and natural purposes. Come journey with us to discover the history and science behind protecting and preserving wildlife in Washington!

Argentina, Tip of the World Tour

Welcome to the very tip of the world! On this adventure, you’ll explore by sea & land. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, Lake Fagnoano & Escondido, and the Beagle Channel. With sea & land animals galore, off-road adventures, and environmental wonders, this is a trip to not be missed!

Balinese Adventure

Ready yourself for adventure the minute the planes wheels touch ground! From temples galore to snorkeling in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world, this short stay truly offers the best of Bali and will be sure to blow you away!

Beaches of the Dominican Republic

Spend five perfect days in the unexpected tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, a country known for its warm people, lush mountain scenery and of course beaches galore. Wander charming cobblestone streets and discover the history of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Share an adventure in volunteer work with the animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Explore the dramatic scenery of Zion and Bryce National Parks and the serenity and magic of the sanctuary’s home in Angel Canyon. Your new buddies await you in Dog Town, Cat World, Horse Haven, Marshall’s Piggy Paradise, Bunny House, Parrot Garden, or Wild Friends!

California Central Coast Adventure

This Pacific expedition combines scenic travel with outdoor adventure and ecotourism. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the gradual build in diverse landscape as the journey transitions from busy city life to giant redwoods and ocean bluff views.

Captain Cook’s Hawaii

Explore Captain Cook’s Hawaii! Your adventures will take you to the Big Island of Hawaii and the island paradise of Kauai. See the spectacular landscapes that have been the backdrop for movies for almost a century. You’ll leave part of your heart here, making sure that you return.

Capturing the Northern Lights

We’ve all seen pictures of the beautiful Northern Lights, but now it’s time to experience them. This tour will take you through prime locations to snag some fantastic shots of this natural phenomenon. Not to mention, you’ll be exploring the various charming towns and beautiful landscapes of Finland.

Central America Birding Tour

Join us on a tour of some of Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s wildest places. Accompanied by an expert birdwatcher, we’ll explore through this bird-watching paradise! Pack your binoculars and hiking boots as you head to Montverde Cloud Forest, Arenal National Park, and the private rainforest reserve of the Ro Indio Maiz World Heritage National Park.

Charles Darwin Adventure in the Galapagos

Follow in the footsteps of the great naturalist and father of the theory of evolution Charles Darwin as you discover the unique variations of animals living among the rocky, volcanic islands of the Galapagos! You’ll rub shoulders with the giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, snorkel with sea turtles and baby sharks, and maybe catch a glimpse of a dolphin or humpback whale as you go island-hopping.

Cherry Blossoms of Japan

Between late March to mid-April, most of the country celebrates the arrival of spring with cherry blossom viewings known as Hanami. Not only is this the perfect opportunity to take in Japan’s incredible culture, but it’s also an ideal time for photographers to capture some truly breathtaking images during their overseas adventures. This week-long tour is sure to give you plenty of peaceful springtime memories that you won’t soon forget.

Chile: Off The Beaten Path

Long isolated between the Andes mountains and the Pacific, Chile today is rapidly becoming a top tourist destination. Come along for an unforgettable journey into a few of Chile’s lesser-known regions and discover a world unto itself in its wildly varied ecosystems, while communing with the locals and learning from them directly!

Churchill Polar Bear Adventure

Join us for a week of exploring one of the few yet-untamed areas of the world while enjoying the rare and breath-taking opportunity to view polar bears in their natural habitat. Visit two of North America’s most beautiful and remote towns and learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Canadian North.

Corn Islands Getaway in Nicaragua

Rising gently out of the Caribbean Sea, just 43 miles off the Nicaraguan coast, are the enchanting Corn Islands. Laden with vibrant Caribbean colors and blissfully underdeveloped, Big and Little Corn islands whisk you far away from reality to a primitive paradise right on the verge of becoming the Next Big Thing.

Discover Argentina

Fall in love with Argentina in this week long discovery. Sample some of the most enticing experiences and sites that this country has to offer. Tour bewitching Buenos Aires, visit the magical Iguaza Falls and venture to South America’s frontier of Patagonia! From culture hounds to intrepid hikers, Argentina truly has something for everyone!

Discover Sri Lanka

With diverse landscapes, rich culture and pristine beaches, Sri Lanka has something for travelers of all kind. The exotic island beaches and sites of mythological epics to sacred Buddhist relics make Sri Lanka one of the most enchanting destinations in the world. 

Discover the Indri Indri in Madagascar

Get ready for an animal adventure of a lifetime! On this journey through Madagascar, we’ll visit the largest lemurs in the world, called the Indri Indri. You’ll explore the rainforests to discover chameleons, reptiles, and a variety of species native to this wild land.

Discover the Moai at Easter Island

Most of us have seen photos of the famous and spectacular Moai carvings on Easter Island. Come along with us to Easter Island, as we get a first-hand look at these important statues while also finding out what else Easter Island has to offer visitors.

Discover Vancouver

Spend seven thrilling days getting to know the jewel of British Columbia! Famous worldwide for its cultural diversity and friendly citizens, Vancouver will also dazzle you with its abundance of natural beauty. Marvel at the ways Vancouver balances its metropolitan sophistication with the serenity of its nearby wilderness

Elephant Adventure in Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai

Venture to Thailand’s mountainous region of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai where you will have the chance to explore temples, indulge in local customs, and make friends with the gentle giants at Thailand Nature Park’s home of rescue and rehabilitation center!

Explore Honduras

There’s so much to discover in Honduras! You’ll adventure through quaint historical towns, take in breathtaking landscapes of coffee and sugarcane plantations, and zip-line through the rain forest canopy. Of course, this trip would not be complete without visit to the extraordinary Mayan ruins at Copán.

Grand Canyon Adventure

Looking to check another national park off your bucket list? Join us on an 8-day trip to the Grand Canyon where we’ll visit the both the West and South Rims! Explore the Skywalk at the West Rim and the park’s museum and trails at the South Rim. As one of the seven wonders of the world and a favorite among Worldwide Navigator travelers, this is a trip you won’t want to miss!

Guatemala Short Stay

This four day teaser is the perfect trip to get a taste of what Guatemala has to offer. Venture to Tikal, what was known to be the Mayan superpower dating back to the 6th century B.C. Explore the ceremonial center, temples and surrounding palaces that few have ever laid eyes on!

Ha Long Bay Cruise

Halong Bay translates to “descending dragon” and is a popular travel destination on the coast of Vietnam. This region features thousands of small islands and limestone karsts that are the product of 20 million years of formation. Each island is topped with lush vegetation making for a spectacular site of forests growing out of the sea.

Houseboat Living in the Florida Everglades

Houseboat living is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Live in the Florida Everglades and play on its waterways, explore the Mangrove Forests, learn about the delicate ecological balance between the birds, fish and animals and how the Mangrove Forest supports its inhabitants.

Iceland Arctic Tour

Explore the Arctic Ocean by cruise ship as it circumnavigates Iceland during your summer vacation. Embark in Rekyjavik after a guided tour with an expert in climate change and professor from Rekyjavik University. During this LNT Certified tour, make steps at UNESCO World Heritage Site Breidafjordur Bay, Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, take part in an impact project in partnership with Ecology Project International and Travelers Against Plastic, visit islands, glaciers and see the aurora borealis.

Iguazu Falls Adventure

The exquisite Iguazu Falls have awed tourists, locals and indigenous inhabitants for centuries. The falls act as a natural boundary between Brazil and Argentina making the forceful river a significant part of the political and geographical structure of South America.

Jamaican Experience

With its white sand beaches and brilliant turquoise waters it’s no wonder Jamaica attracts millions of tourists every year! For six glorious sun-soaked days, you’ll explore three distinct areas of the island country – from laid back Negril to vibrant Montego Bay and colorful Ocho Rios.

Kayak With The Orcas In Washington

The San Juan Islands, scattered off the coast of Washington north of Seattle is one of the premiere destinations for whale-watching, particularly orcas. These mighty beasts pass through the islands every summer to feast on Chinook salmon, and there’s no better way to experience the tranquil majesty of these animals than by sharing the water with them while aboard a kayak.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is one of the most sought out sites in South Africa, and one of world’s most diverse Safari destinations. Come along with us on this exotic animal adventure!

Linger Longer in Costa Rica

Pack your flip flops and spend five days in the laid-back Caribbean paradise of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Famous for its Salsa Brava surf break, this colorful beachside town is not just for surfers. Its cool Caribbean attitude and variety of outdoor activities make it an attractive and exciting travel option for all!

Machu Picchu & Inca Trail Trek

Traverse this epic trail across an amazingly diverse array of landscapes, mountains, forests, jungles,  OH-MY! With four days of trekking you’ll be able to take in some of the most striking wonders of the Andes. Rest and rejuvenate in the spas of Aguas Calientes before making the vertical hike up to Machu Picchu.

Malaysian Adventure

Feel the rush of dynamic Kuala Lumpur, with it’s bustling energy and vibrant culture. Escape to the mostly undeveloped Perhentian Islands, where time moves a little slower. Explore ancient temples and get a taste of Malaysia’s potpourri of Asian culture and history of Penang, the state known as the “Pearl of the Orient”.

Mardi Himal Himalayan Trek

One of the newest treks offered in Nepal, Mardi Himal is something to not be missed! On this trek you can expect to experience the magnificent sites of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and other peaks along the Annapurna range. On this trek we will learn about and practice preservation of these beautiful trails.

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New Zealand Island Adventure

New Zealand is full of amazing adventures, perfect for adrenaline seaking visitors! Hike volcanic mountains, swim in volcanic craters, shower in amazing waterfalls, soak in hot beach pools, try a seaplane ride or kayak in a glass boat.

Norway Arctic Tour

Begin your Arctic educational tour in Tromso, Norway, a certified Sustainable Destination and embarkation point for your semi-private boating adventure. Study the implications of political science on climate change action while aboard a completely unique and once-in-a-lifetime arctic tour. During your cruise, visit several arctic islands, glaciers, see the aurora borealis, enjoy a whale watching tour, visit a small fishing village and meet with experts at the University of Tromso.

Patogonia Adventure

At the end of the world lies Patagonia, a wild and rugged land filled with breathtaking landscapes and eye-catching flora. Come alive as you spend seven days exploring this wild frontier, from areas of pure isolation and vast emptiness to tourist-filled camping towns and waters teeming with wildlife.

Playa del Carmen Getaway

Known for stretches of white sandy beaches and endless entertainment options, Playa del Carmen, Mexico offers a perfect balance of modern sophistication and authentic old-world charm. Pack your bathing suit & sunscreen and get ready for a vacation in the sun!

Renewable Energy in Iceland

Discover the unique story of one of the world’s leaders in renewable and sustainable energy. Stand in awe of your surroundings while you experience the wonderland sculpted by Earth’s natural elements. Discover the delicate balance of Iceland; between fire and ice, light and dark, the natural world and man made innovation.

Sail the Nile River

Dating back to ancient times, the Nile River has been one of the most important bodies of water in human history. Join us for a ride along the last stretch of the Nile River, making pit stops along the way at essential landmarks that are found throughout Egypt.

Sea Life Adventures in the Southern US

Between the world-class aquariums and the hundreds of miles of Atlantic Ocean coastlines, the southeastern part of the US is the ideal place to get a close-up view of sea life. Join us as we explore the blue parts of planet Earth more closely and get to know some of the creatures that call the oceans home.

Short Stay in Cusco, Peru

A visit to Cusco tumbles you back into the cosmic realm of ancient Andean culture fused with the colonial splendors of Spanish conquest. Here, you will have the opportunity to dive into Inca history visiting sacred spots nestled in the landscape during this 3-day adventure. ¡Bienvenido a Perú!

Singapore Ultimate Adventure

Looking for the ultimate adventure? Join us for a 10-day trip to Singapore where we’ll visit the well-known places like Chinatown, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Botanical Gardens, but we’ll also visit the lesser-known areas like the Outram, Kranji Countryside, Palau Ubin and even a river safari! There’s no better way to see Singapore. Won’t you join us?

Surfing Expedition in Morocco

Welcome to Morocco, the North African country bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Experience a true melting pot of cultures and visit this beautiful country on the Northeastern tip of Africa.

Sustainable Coastlines in the Bahamas

With over 700 islands and 2,000 rocks and cays sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean, Paradise Island is home to an ecological oasis and some of the world’s clearest waters. Come along on a journey to experience the beauty and learn about the ways to protect these shores.

Trinidad & Tobago Getaway

Laden with vibrant Caribbean colors and stunning natural beauty, the dual-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago will whisk you far away from reality. Spend restful hours lying on palm tree-lined beaches and snorkeling in transparent Caribbean waters or take a nature trek to explore stunning waterfalls!

Uganda Gorilla Trek

Ready yourself for an adventure wildlife lovers dream of! Hike the mountain rain forest and spend time with the famed mountain gorillas – the highlight of this trip, or maybe the highlight of a lifetime!

Ultimate Ireland Adventure

Experience the ultimate Irish adventure! Eight action-packed and fun-filled days have it all. Journey through Ireland’s lush green landscapes sprinkled with ancient castles and tombs, hearing tales of heroes, fairies, and leprechauns. View sites so beautiful that they’re featured in some of the most famous films of all times.

Vietnam Short Stay

Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City journey is excellent for travelers who want to know about the heritage, culture, cuisine, and wonders of Vietnam. The trip covers a cycle ride of Hanoi’s Old Quarter; the Halong Bay cruise on a traditional junk boat; visit of UNESCO world heritage site Hoi An on foot; and the amazing network of Cu Chi Tunnels

Volcanic Costa Rica Adventure

After the nearby Arenal Volcano erupted in 1968, tourists from around the world started flocking to La Fortuna to catch a glimpse of rumbling smokestacks. Although the mountain stopped spewing lava in 2010, adventurers still love this lush, sunshine-soaked area, making La Fortuna one of the most popular vacation destinations in all of Costa Rica.

Where History Meets Ecology in Venice

There’s no place like Venice! This city is unique in her water-focused history, unconventional architecture, classical art, and abundant seafood. Venice is directly affected by global climate change; the rising oceans result in seasonal flooding which affects the tourism industry and local economy.

Wonders of Ushuaia

You can expect any trip to Ushuaia, Argentina to be packed full of outdoor adventure. Ushuaia is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.” It’s the gateway to Antarctica cruises and tours to nearby Isla Yécapasela, known as “Penguin Island” for its penguin colonies. Pack your penguin suit!

Zambia Short Stay

Victoria Falls is classified as the largest sheet of falling water in the world and is roughly twice the height and width of Niagara Falls. Livingstone also cites the older name of Seongo, which translates to “the place of the rainbow” as a result of the immense and constant spray. If you’re lucky you may spot one of the many hippopotamus or crocodile that call the river home.