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Global Field Program

The Global Field Program (GFP)

  • Master’s degree candidates

  • Scientists

  • Educators

  • Community leaders

  • and others come together at conservation hotspots

Environmental Partnership

  • This program builds on the graduate courses and environmental partnerships of Earth Expeditions and the NSF funded Wild Research.


  • Humans and their environments

  • Wetlands & coastal ecology

  • Establishing participatory conservation programs

  • Species reintroduction and ecosystem restoration

  • Community-based environmental education and action

  • Curricular development and educational leadership

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Participatory education

Bernadette-Project Leader

  • Dr. Bernadette Plair, a scientist with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Center for Conservation Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW),

  • Leading a collaborative effort to return blue-and-gold macaws to Trinidad

  • Where they had been wiped out because of illegal trapping for the pet trade and habitat loss from logging and agriculture.

Trinidad’s Flag

Blue-and-gold Macaw reintroduced by Bernadette in 1998

Nariva Swamp

  • East Coast of Trinidad

  • Designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

  • home to manatees,

  • red howler monkeys

  • white-fronted capuchin monkeys

  • three-toed and silky anteaters, and a wide variety of birds.

  • blue-and-gold macaws have been reintroduced to Trinidad.

Butterfly Orchid

Blue and Gold Macaw


Nariva Swamp

Anaconda Skeleton

Red Howler Monkey


Looking for the Macaws in Nariva Swamp

Asa Wright Nature Centre

  • Tropical Research Facility

  • Located in mountains of the Northern Range of Trinidad.

  • Known worldwide as a birdwatcher's paradise,

  • 159 species of birds

  • oilbirds

  • oropendolas

  • Manakins

  • Orange-winged parrots

  • blue-crowned motmots

  • ornate hawk-eagles

  • channel-billed toucans.

  • This tropical research facility is also home to an ecologically rich diversity of flora and fauna.

View of the veranda

View from the Birdwatching Veranda

Prince Charles and Camilla at Asa Wright


Dining Room

White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird


Swimming Hole

Education Summit



Caroni Swamp National Park

  • Located on the Northwest Coast

  • tidal lagoon marshland

  • mangrove forests

  • tidal mudflats.

  • Trinidad's national bird, scarlet ibis

  • 19 other endangered bird species nest and roost here.

  • Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Waterway in the Caroni Swamp

Cook’s Tree Boa

Grey Hawk

Caroni Swamp

Matura Beach

  • on the East Coast of Trinidad

  • one of the five most valuable nesting rookeries worldwide for the endangered leatherback sea turtle

  • Nature Seekers, Inc., a local community-based organization, is working to help save this endangered species

Leatherback Hatchlings

Turtle Nesting Event Data Sheet

Plum MitanPresby School

Bernadette’s Girls

Maypole Dance

Conservation Awareness

A Different Frame Of Reference

Environmental Projects

Trini Boy’s Dream Ride!

My research partner was a little crabby


  • Child-friendly way to conduct investigations using the scientific method

  • Inquiry method


  • This year’s course was sponsored by our organization!

Application Deadlines

  • Master's ProgramApplication Deadline Global Field Program (GFP) January 28

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