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Programs: The Research ProgramEarthwatch supports scientific field research related to sustainable development conducted by leading scientists in a broad range of disciplines, from habitat management to healthcare.. Find past grant recipients and application guidelines at www.earthwatch.org/research.The Conservation ProgramEarthwatch promotes the establishment of strategic international and community partnerships in conjunction with multi-disciplinary research projects in some of the world's outstanding areas of ecological and cultural value. Earthwatch Conservation Research Initiatives (CRIs) are flagship projects that address complex environmental issues in Australia, Kenya, Brazil, and Belize. In each CRI, local conservation needs and goals are collaboratively defined with partner organizations, local community members, and environmental organizations. By engaging communities in setting priorities and securing their investment throughout the process, Earthwatch implements an effective community-based conservation model. Find more on CRIs at www.earthwatch.org/conservation.The Education ProgramEarthwatch is a respected leader in the field of experiential education. To date, more than 3,500 students and 4,000 classroom teachers have received career training and inspiration on Earthwatch expeditions. Fellowships funded by individuals, foundations, and corporations allow educators to teach "live" from the field through the latest communications technology or to improving the quality of geography education in classrooms. More info, and applications found at www.earthwatch.org/education.The Volunteer ProgramIn 2005, 4,190 volunteers hailed from all 50 US states and 79 countries. Volunteers are drawn from the public, as well as from key constituencies such as educators, corporations, artists, communities local to project sites, and partner organizations. Volunteer teams are intergenerational. They include professionals, students, educators, managers/administrators, scientists, engineers, and computer workers, and retirees. 94 percent have attended or graduated from college and 41 percent have a post-graduate degree. One third of Earthwatch Institute volunteers each year are returning volunteers, and several have participated on more than 50 projects.Earthwatch team members share the costs of research expeditions and cover food and lodging expenses with a pro-rated contribution. In 2006, expedition costs range from $395 to over $4,000, averaging $2,200 for 2-21 day team duration. No prior skills are required, except scuba certification for diving projects.Public OutreachThe Earthwatch Institute web site at www.earthwatch.org encompasses over 3,000 pages of in-depth project descriptions, Expedition Briefings, photos, news releases, and educational resources.Earthwatch experiences can have profound impacts on volunteers' lives, often changing how return volunteers think and act in their communities. The organization is aided by a network of over 150 Field Representatives in 39 US states and Canada. These veteran Earthwatch volunteers organize events and educational outreach, working toward Earthwatch's goal of building an engaged citizenry. Field Reps are listed at www.earthwatch.org/aboutew/fieldreps.htmlMembershipEarthwatch's 14,300 US members hail from all 50 states. Members receive the Earthwatch Institute Expedition Guide describing expeditions, and three issues of the Earthwatch Journal, as well as an e-Newsletter, with news, events, and expedition announcements. Earthwatch Europe membership tops 6,500.

In 2006, Earthwatch will sponsor more than 155 research projects in 48 countries and 16 US states, making estimated volunteer field grants of $4.2 million. Since its founding in 1971, the organization has supported over 1,322 projects in 119 countries and 36 states. More than 81,000 volunteers have contributed over $57 million and 10.8 million hours to essential fieldwork.

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I was scheduled to go on a research expedition in the Bahamas this month. Unfortunately, on my day of departure, a major winter storm closed Charlotte airport and my plane did not leave Hartford. Because it was the beginning of February vacation week, it appeared that I would be unable to find ... more »
Earthwatch is an organization whose mission has huge potential, but through many, many years of in-fighting at board and senior management level - and financial mismanagement - appears to be imploding. I worked for Earthwatch for nearly 10 years and cannot speak highly enough of those on the front ... more »
Participating as a volunteer with Earthwatch was exactly what I needed to re-confirm what I already knew about myself (that I want to be a wildlife biologist). I first participated with Earthwatch in 2010. I traveled to Nova Scotia to volunteer on a small mammal project. The hands-on experience was ... more »
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