Day 1: (D)
Arrival and pickup at International Airport in Belize City. Three hour bus ride
to La Milpa Field Station. Welcome and settling into living quarters. Dinner.
Orientation to La Milpa Field Station and Programme for Belize.
Day 2: (B,L,D)
Early morning birding (optional). Breakfast. Introduction and course outline and
expectations. Intro to Tropics and the Rainforest. Lunch. Tropical forest
observation activity and tropical forest observation on Mahogany Trail.
Discussion. Dinner. Presentation on Belizean Fauna. Night Hike/Spotting.
Day 3: (B,L,D)
Early morning birding (optional). Breakfast. Introduction to field botany and
tree identification on Bajo Trail - self-exploration. Lunch. Introduction to
Scientific Sampling Methods. Group ecology projects. Dinner. Introduction to
Maya History and Culture/Archaeology presentation.
Day 4: (B,L,D)
Early morning birding (optional). Breakfast. Tour of La Milpa Archaeology Site.
Lunch. Visit to Archaeology Laboratory (Texas Camp). Tour of Medicinal Garden
and trail hike. Dinner. Presentation on Cultures of Belize.
Day 5: (B,L,D)
Early morning birding (optional). Breakfast. Visit Mennonite Community and Maya
Mestizo village. Lunch in local village. Cultural presentation. Visit Craft
Center. Swimming en-route back to La Milpa. Dinner. Presentation on Conservation
and Development. Night Hike/Spotting.
Day 6: (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Visit Lamanai Archaeological Site. Picnic Lunch. Afternoon visit to
Museum and purchase crafts. Depart from Lamanai and transfer back to La Milpa.
Swimming en-route to La Milpa - Optional. Dinner. Post course evaluation and
Belizean farewell night.
Day 7: (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Depart for Belize City. Two hour visit to Belize Zoo en-route. Lunch
at Cheers. Transfer on to Belize City. Departure from Radisson Hotel Dock at
2:00 pm. Twenty minutes boat ride to Spanish Lookout Caye. Afternoon: Snorkel
safety & reef etiquette orientation in shallow water. Dinner. Slide
presentation on reef and coral formation.
Day 8: (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Introduction to marine ecosystems. Snorkel gear check. Snorkel trip
to the reef picnic Lunch. Activity - identification of algae, coral, fish and
invertebrates. Group Ecology Projects. Dinner. Discussion on threats to marine
ecosystems and conservation issues followed by Video "Sea of Belize" -
Day 9: (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Snorkel trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Snorkeling activity: Sea
grass beds, view of coral and marine Life. Picnic lunch at Caye Caulker.
Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley. Dinner. Video on mangrove ecosystems in Belize
Day 10: (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Lecture on mangrove ecosystems. Activity - kayaking and snorkel to
mangroves west, north or south of the island. Lunch. ½ day snorkel Excursion to
Goff's Caye. Dinner. NGS Video on ocean drifters.
Day 11: (B,L,D)
Breakfast. Spanish Bay/Manatee search. Lunch (Barbecue done at beach area).
Pre-departure cleanup. Dinner. Post course evaluation, presentation of
certificates and Belizean farewell night.
Day 12: (B)
Breakfast. Departure for Belize City. Shopping at the Handicraft center en-route
to the International Airport. (Time and weather permitting).