Planning A Holiday? Make It An Eco-Adventure Instead!
Eco-adventures give you behind the scenes access to important environmental projects around the world and the chance to lend a helping hand. Plus you'll explore some of the most beautiful and remote places on earth. Check out some great example below.
Earth Watch Expeditions - Australia and Worldwide
Earth Watch Expeditions offer your family the chance to work alongside professional scientists all over the world, helping tackle environmental issues that matter to you. No scientific or conservation experience is needed, just take a spirit of adventure and a desire to help. As an Earthwatch volunteer, you'll directly support the research that seeks solutions to some of today's most pressing environmental challenges.
Expeditions can range from overnight trips in Australia to 10 plus day journeys across the globe. You may wish to track micro-bats in Melbourne, observe caterpillars in Costa Rica or study climate change where polar bears roam - on the very edge of the Arctic tundra!
Nature Wise Holidays - Australia
Naturewise Conservation Holidays are run by Conservation Volunteers Australia, and offer small group travel and conservation experiences in some of Australia's most beautiful areas. Conservation activities typically make up 30 - 50% of the trip, with remaining time spent touring the local surrounds including wildlife viewing, guided walks and visiting National Parks. No experience is required to participate in a Naturewise program, though you should be reasonably fit and active.
Holidays could include monitoring the local Eastern Barred Bandicoot population in the Grampians, go radio tracking for echidna or goanna on Kangaroo Island or help plant trees and remove weeds on the Great Ocean Road.
WildMob Volunteers - Australia
Wild Mob's conservation projects are great for families. Children and adults get the opportunity to share in a broad mix of conservation volunteering, hands-on environmental education and a fair amount of free time to enjoy some of Australia's most iconic environments, with or without our experts guiding you through the natural wonders.
All environmental work operates in partnership with local stakeholders at each project, like National Park managers and Indigenous cultural leaders. All activities are tailored to each group's ability levels, however fourteen is the minimum age requirement for participants, and minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. During free time participants will have a chance to go on scenic hikes, visit Aboriginal cultural sites or go snorkeling in secluded bays.
Projects include species research in the Blue Mountains, invasive plant management in the Australian Alps and endangered wallaby recovery and Indigenous culture introduction in Queensland.
For more great eco-travel ideas visits the Ecotourism Australia website.