Belize: Land & Sea

May 16, 2023 —May 29, 2023

Experience a tropical rainforest and coral reef just miles apart. Belize offers fascinating biological features that characterize these systems as you observe the interactions between humans and their environment. In the rainforest, see iguanas, howler monkeys and leaf cutter ants while gaining insight into the Mayan culture and its use of medicinal plants. On the coral reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, swim with brilliantly colored reef fish among the diverse assemblage of corals, sponges, and other invertebrates.

Program Package

  • Accommodations
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • On-Site Director's and staff on-site 24/7

Participants will reside in 3 different accommodation sites throughout Belize.

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center offers comfortable dormitory style accommodations, which are equipped with hot and cold showers, restrooms, wash house and study area. All rooms have 110V outlets, ceiling or standing fans and fresh linen is provided.

Blue Creek is a small Mayan Village that offers rustic cabins, which vary in size and accommodate 2 to 10 individuals. There is no furniture, drawers or closets. Bathrooms with toilets and showers (water pumped directly from the creek) are located in a central common building. Virtually everyone bathes in the creek (with swimsuits) using biodegradable camp soap.

South Water Caye offers a dorm with bunk beds and restrooms with showers and hot and cold running water.

Participants will need to pack bed linens and towels, as they are NOT provided at Blue Creek and South Water Caye.

All meals are provided.

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Zachary Taylor

On-Site Director

Zachary Taylor Dr. Zachary Taylor first visited Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico before starting his university studies, and his love for travel and the outdoors has since taken him from the Americas to Nepal, and around many backwoods trails closer to home. Dr. Taylor has studied ecology and evolutionary genetics at Miami University, where his Ph.D. research focused on the effects of habitat and landscape on animal genetics. He is currently an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Thomas More University, where he teaches genetics and emphasizes research methods, practical experience, and real-life applications.

Group Travel Required

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
May 16, 2023 —May 29, 2023

Base Price


Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: OPEN

$150 Early Application Fee Deadline
February 17, 2023
(Early App Fee of $150 includes a $100 discount)
(App Fee increases to $250 after Early Application Deadline)
See our scholarships page

Courses Offered

Biology / Earth & Environmental Science

Tropical Biology and Conservation in Belize
Course Description: Study and explore one of the most biodiverse regions of the globe -- by engaging all your senses as you see, hear, smell, feel, and yes, even taste both tropical rainforest and marine environments. At Blue Creek Field Station, you will live and work within a primary rainforest with remarkable biodiversity. While on Ambergris Caye, you will snorkel along the longest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, studying reef structure, mangrove forests and grass beds, while marveling at the brilliantly colored reef fish and corals. You will learn about how and why tropical biodiversity differs from other regions of the world and also gain new understanding of the challenge of tropical conservation.
Prerequisite: An introductory biology, earth science, environmental science, or equivalent course; or instructor permission
WKU Course: BIOL 485
Dr. LaRoy Brandt | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H