Teen EcoTravel

EcoTravel opportunities for Teens Few experiences can affect teens like international travel. Oakland Zoo has a history of inspiring teens with trips to exotic locations such as Borneo, Guatemala, Peru and Madagascar.


We are very excited to join Ecology Project International (EPI) for an incredible ANDES TO AMAZON ECOLOGY PROGRAM in beautiful Ecuador! After arriving in Quito, we will travel up the Andes mountains, down to the Amazon basin and back to Quito. We will experience a diversity of climates, ecosystems and altitudes all while studying some of the most unique creatures that live in these extreme habitats. We will learn about the Kichwa culture, volunteer with the native plant nursery and learn about sustainable forest resource management.


Highlights of this trip will include:
  • Monitor spectacled bears and mountain tapirs in the Andes- We will work with the spectacled bear research team and hike through majestic cloud forests to learn about these elusive animals and different tracking methods.

  • Raft the headwaters of the Amazon- A full day on the Amazon will be an unforgettable experience!

  • Visit an indigenous Kichwa community- We will visit a local school and community craft market to learn about the indigenous Kichwa culture. A Kichwa guide will teach us about medicinal plants and traditional livelihoods.

Trip Dates: June 20-28, 2017

To be eligible to participate in this trip, you must be a current Teen Wild Guide or ZooCamp Teen Assistant in good standing. To find out more about how you can become a teen volunteer and take advantage of these and other opportunities, please visit our Teen Programs page.

Can’t come with us in 2017? Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 trip!

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