March Visit to Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Archipelago continues to offer unique and extraordinary experiences on each visit.  Traveling with me this year in Galapagos was Nathaniel Corum of Architecture for Humanity, and Virginia Wagner from London. Ocean Voyages Institute and Architecture for Humanity are collaborating with the <a href="http://www.neweragalapagos project management”>New Era Galapagos Foundation on San Cristobol Island to build a community youth environmental education center.

We had the opportunity to do site inspections on San Cristobol with teacher William Puga. We also had discussions with the Charles Darwin Foundation about collaboration on a youth center in Santa Cruz and attended a workshop on the island of Floriana sponsored by the Princess Foundation. It seems extremely important to have youth in the Galapagos have opportunities to take leadership roles in the stewardship of their home.

During our voyage I particularly enjoyed the amazing underwater world. Observations included hammerhead sharks, dolphins (including an albino dolphin), myriad sea turtles, marine iguanas, playful seals, and an incredible array of marine life.

–Mary Crowley

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