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From its biologically rich prairie potholes to the geologically stunning badlands, North Dakota offers a wealth of treasures for ecologically minded folks!

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Credit: NPS/Gary Anderson

Flying into Bismarck, the journey will begin in south-eastern North Dakota where we will explore the geological remnants of the Wisconsin Glaciation; the prairie potholes. This ecologically important area supports nearly 50% of North America’s waterfowl and is considered one of the most significant wetland areas on the continent.

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An American White Pelican breeding Colony in Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS


From there, the journey will continue into the striking badland area. This area, well-known for its fossil-rich geologic landforms, highlight the unique buttes, domes, pyramids, and cones that comprise the badlands. Field trips to North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park will showcase the unique birds and megafauna of the region.

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Bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Credit: NPS/Janice Shanks

When

May 26 – June 1 (7 days, 6 nights)

Highlights

The Badlands

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Painted Canyons
  • Petrified Forests
  • Horseback riding
  • Large mammals such as bison, elk, and bighorn sheep.

The Prairie Potholes

  • Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge – one of the most important wetland habitats in a string of refuges extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico
  • Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve – known for the number of breeding waterfowl, shorebird and woodland bird species it attracts.
  • Prairie Dogs Towns
  • Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge – home to the largest breeding colony of White Pelicans in N. America

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A North Dakota Prairie Dog town. Credit: NPS/Jeff Zylland

Cost

TBD plus airfare (double occupancy)

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505

Iceland’s scenery is breathtaking – the result of glacial and volcanic processes. The country has a unique social and political history and its location just below the Arctic Circle will likely result in large impacts from climate change over the coming years.

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Goðafoss, the "waterfall of the gods," just one of the extraordinary stops on our Eco-travel trip to Iceland! Photo: Ævar Guðmundsson

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The lava fields of Dimmuborgir make for an otherworldly landscape. Photo: Sander Hoogendoorn

When

August 23 – September 1, 2018 (10 days, 9 nights)

Highlights

  • 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík
  • Climbing an extinct volcanic crater
  • Waterfalls exploration including Hraunfossar, which drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá, Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Gullfoss, a beautiful double waterfall and Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the gods"
  • Visiting Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier
  • Touring amazing geothermal sites including geysers, lava fields and hot springs.
  • Boat ride among the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón.
  • Discover thousands of years of Nordic history

Cost

$5975.00 plus airfare (double occupancy)

This trip is already filled! If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505 

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The glacier-fed Dettifoss, in Vatnajökull National Park, is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe! Photo: Neil D'Cruze

 


The Urban Ecology Center Eco-travel program offers a unique way to explore local and international destinations while exploring issues around sustainability. Your participation supports the Urban Ecology Center’s mission.

With the largest percentage of protected areas of any country and plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, the New Economics Foundation rated Costa Rica as the greenest country in the world. We’ll explore the amazing natural areas and biodiversity that bring visitors from around the world, while also looking into social and economic forces that contribute to some of the best examples of sustainability on a national level.

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Traveling the canals of Tortuguero National Park. Can you spot the caiman in this shot? Photo: Global Water Forum

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See sunbitterns like this in Tapanti National Park. Photo: Kathy & Sam

When

January 31 – February 11, 2018 (12 days, 11 nights)

Highlights

  • Tortuguero National Park, a unique area where the primary avenues of exploring are the many naturally-formed canals through primary rainforest. This area was preserved primarily to protect sea turtles and jaguars.
  • Orosi, one of the few colonial cities that have preserved Spanish architecture from the 16- and 1700’s.
  • Tapanti National Park, home of Baird’s tapir, jaguarondi, kinkajou, monkeys and 400+ species of birds.
  • Opportunities to go whitewater rafting and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean – but if that is too adventurous – relaxing in volcanic hot springs!

Cost

$2625.00 plus airfare (double occupancy)

If you are interested in this trip, have questions, or would like more information, please contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505 or attend a free information session with Carlos Chavarría, Director of Costa Rica Rainforest Experience and former Director of Tirimbina Rain Forest on Monday, October 30th at 6pm at the Riverside Park branch.

Carlos Chavarría will give a preview of the Urban Ecology Center's trip to Costa Rica. We’ll explore the amazing natural areas and biodiversity that bring visitors from around the world, while also looking into social and economic forces that contribute to some of the best examples of sustainability on a national level.


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The Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi (built in 1743) in the Orosi Valley of Costa Rica. Photo: W & J

 

The Urban Ecology Center Eco-travel program offers a unique way to explore local and international destinations while exploring issues around sustainability. Your participation supports the Urban Ecology Center’s mission.

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