Greece: Island Turtle Conservation

Greece: Island Turtle Conservation

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2024 Departure Dates

July 1 – July 10, 2024 Full Waitlist
July 22 – July 31, 2024 Full Waitlist

While this program has fully enrolled for 2024, we recommend these other popular programs for this summer:

2025 Departure Dates

June 9 – June 18, 2025 Available Enroll Now
June 30 – July 9, 2025 Available Enroll Now

Journey to one of the beautiful Ionian Islands in Western Greece to help conserve and protect Greek sea turtles.

Become a conservation scientist over the course of your week on this Mediterranean jewel. In the mornings you will go on beach walks to spot new turtle nests and then work to protect them from predators and people. During the rest of the day, you’ll track and observe sea turtles from land and sea. Walk the beautiful harbor to find sea turtles munching on seaweed snacks in the aquamarine water. Dive in and explore the turtle’s habitat while snorkeling.

These amazing creatures face threats from both man-made and natural impacts. All of our conservation activities are supported by local experts who will teach us about the turtles, the ecosystem, and the goals of the project.

This program is so much more than just conservation though. This island is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, picturesque villages, and mountainous landscapes. We’ll have plenty of downtime to enjoy the beaches, hike the mountains, relax at the pool, and enjoy fresh Greek cuisine.

Program Profile
Program Profile

Argostoli Harbor

Over 300 adult and sub-adult sea turtles swim in the Bay of Argostoli and the Koutavos Lagoon throughout the summer with some of them even staying over winter. Every morning, many of these turtles concentrate on the Argostoli harbor, where fishing boats return with the morning’s catch. This gives us the unique opportunity to study their feeding behavior and their social interactions.
Most of Argostoli harbor front is lined with palm trees and laid with an attractive design of black and white pebbles. In the mornings it is bustling with life as much of the town’s commercial activity is centered around the harbor, including picturesque fishing boats displaying their catch of the day.