In this post, we’ll talk about two educational field trips in Ecuador.
Why do you want to go on an educational field trip? Are you hoping to learn how you can make changes to benefit the planet? Perhaps you want to use the experience to enhance your ability to teach conservation to others, or maybe you’re a nature lover hungry to dig deeper.
Whatever your reasons, exploring the tropical ecosystems of the Ecuadorian coast will be a satisfying experience.
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2 Educational Field Trips in Ecuador: Threatened Ecosystems
- Tropical Dry Forest: Cerro Blanco Protected Forest, Machalilla National Park, Pacoche Wildlife refuge
- Mangrove Ecosystem: Manglares Churute Reserve
On educational field trips in Ecuador you can learn about, and explore some of the most endangered ecosystems in the tropics, including tropical dry forest, mangrove, and marine ecosystems.
While you discover the intricacies of these ecosystems you’ll also see some of the amazing animals that depend on them.
1) The Tropical Dry Forest
The tropical dry forest is the most endangered ecosystem in the tropics.
This ecosystem has been very important to civilization throughout history. It has contributed to many foods we eat on a daily basis like corn, tomatoes, and beans.
In the following video, you’ll see a brief overview of what a tropical dry forest ecosystem is like.
Tropical Dry Forest Ecosystem Video:
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On an educational field trip you’ll explore this fascinating ecosystem and discover the plants and animals that live there. You’ll also learn about conservation efforts in the area.
- Cerro Blanco Protected Forest
- Machalilla National Park
- Pacoche Wildlife refuge
The Cerro Blanco Protected Forest is 6000 hectares of tropical dry forest. This beautiful forest is home to 213 species of birds, including the great green macaw. Monkeys, large cats, and deer also live in the dry forest.
Machililla National Park is one of the largest tropical dry forests on the coast of Ecuador and includes la Isla de la Plata.
This park occupies 40,000 acres of land and 20,000 hectares of ocean. As you learn about this amazing ecosystem, you’ll visit (and help clean up) Los Frailes Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
You’ll also visit Isla de la Plata where you’ll have a chance to see frigate birds, blue footed boobies, red billed tropic birds, nazca boobies, and red footed boobies.
Pacoche Wildlife Refuge covers 5,000 hectares of dry forests and tropical rain forests.
It also contains 4 miles of ocean extending out from the coastline. The howler monkey can be spotted in the “garua,” a misty evergreen forest in the upper part of the refuge. There are also over 152 species of birds in this area.
There is still a lot to learn from this ecosystem. Perhaps your educational field trip will put you on the road to a discovery that will benefit conservation efforts or advancements in other areas.
2) The Mangrove Ecosystem
The mangrove ecosystem is one of the most important ecosystems on earth. Among other things they protect coral reefs from sedimentation, serve as nurseries for marine life, and protect against tsunami and hurricanes better than anything man-made.
In the following video, you’ll see the beauty, and some of the benefits of mangrove forests.
Mangrove Ecosystem Video:
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On a tropical ecosystem under threat educational field trip you’ll visit the Manglares Churute Reserve. Included in its 50,000 hectares are coastal tropical dry rain-forest, subtropical dry rain-forest, and one of the best preserved mangrove forests in the world.
While learning about this important ecosystem and how to conserve it you’ll have a chance to see white-fronted capuchins, armadillos, tigrillos, mantled howler monkeys, ocelots, and bottlenose dolphins.
More than 300 species of birds have been recorded on site, including herons, woodpeckers, and ducks. So have your camera ready.
Educational Field Trips and You
An educational field trip is more than travel. While you explore the unique beauty of Ecuador you’ll be learning (from local experts and professors) about the ecological importance of tropical forests and how these affect global climate trends.
You’ll take home a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can put to good use for conservation or educational purposes.
Have you been on an educational field trip? Please share your experiences by commenting on this post.