Earthwatch is an international environmental charity.
Founded in 1971, our mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
We enable people from all
walks of life to join leading scientists working on crucial environmental
research projects locally and globally. We're one of the world's largest
private funders of scientific research.
Since we were founded, around 100,000 people from the
general public have joined Earthwatch in the field, contributing roughly
10,000,000 hours of data collection—far more than our scientists could have
collected alone. Our expeditions offer experiences that are very different from
those of for-profit tour operators, because our volunteers get meaningfully
involved with real scientific fieldwork.
participants assist in activities designed to advance science while
experiencing parts of the world tourists never see, and enjoying the adventure
of a lifetime in the process.
We bring members of the public together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet. These paying participants, aged 15 up to retirees, assist noted scientists in the field for 1-3 weeks. No special skills are required. Project disciplines range from a-z; from archaeology, animal behavior, ecology, marine biology, to forestry, ornithology, paleontology, world health, and zoology. For more information, including full descriptions of our current expeditions, see www.earthwatch.org.