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TEEN ADVENTURE Frequently Asked Questions !"#$#%&&$'()$*+",-$*)'$'"$.)&%/)0$ The entire group will travel together on the same flights, from Boston’s Logan Airport to Belize City. The parent or guardian of each teen traveler is responsible for purchasing the teen traveler’s flights. We anticipate that the flight cost will be $850$900. 1()+)$#%&&$'()$*+",-$2'340 We will stay in dormitory-style lodgings, all with running water and electricity. Bedding and towels will be provided. Mass Audubon has used these lodgings for our trips for several years. They are both very clean and comfortable. During our time on South Water Caye, we will stay in dormitories with private bathrooms and showers. 1(3'$#%&&$'()$*+",-$)3'0 Meals at the Field Stations are served buffet style. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day are included in the cost of the trip. Meals will include local Belizean cuisine as well as American style food options. !"#$#%&&$'()$*+",-$'+35)&$3+",67$'()$8",6'+40 Once we reach the airport in Belize, we will meet a driver to take us to our lodgings. All transportation is provided and has been arranged ahead of time. We will travel within Belize by private bus or van, by commercial airplane flight, and by boat. 9"$4",$,2)$&"83&$*,%7)2$"6$4",+$'+%-0 Mass Audubon has a twenty-five-year working relationship with Programme for Belize. Using the local guides that they select for us allows us to learn from those who have firsthand knowledge to share-on the places, people, and of course rich natural history. :;",'$<322$:,7,;"6 Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care for 34,000 acres of conservation land, provide educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Mass Audubon’s mission and actions have expanded since our beginning in 1896 when our founders set out to stop the slaughter of birds for use on women’s fashions. Today we are the largest conservation organization in New England. Our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries, in 90 Massachusetts communities, welcomes visitors of all ages and serves as the base for our work. To support these important efforts, call 800-AUDUBON (283-8266) or visit www.massaudubon.org.

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2012

with Bob & Naomi


ITINERARY April 15 - 21, 2012 !"#$%$We will be met at the airport by our Belizean partners and journey north to the Rio Bravo Conservation Area and Hill Bank Field Station, where we’ll spend the night.

Spring Break 2012, can you picture it?

Tropical breezes, exotic plants, beautiful birds, and subtropical animals. Snorkeling, exploring ancient ruins, jungle walks, and night spotting for crocodiles! April vacation in Belize is a unique opportunity to spend a week exploring a magical corner of the world with a small coed group of teens and two experienced teen educators. There’s adventure, rich natural history, culture, and a chance to relax and create lasting memories. In the first part of our trip we will explore the plants and animals of the subtropical forest life zones. We’ll spend our first day at the Hill Bank Field Station, located at the southern tip of the New River Lagoon, where wading birds and waterfowl blend with an amazing array of parrots and other jungle bird species. Next we’ll travel to the north and west for a visit to La Milpa Field Station, known for its archeological research and sustainable forestry, as well as birds, snakes, and small mammals. Both properties lie within the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area. We will focus on marine reef ecology during the second part of the trip, when we’ll spend much of our time on and near the water on South Water Caye, home to an extensive marine reef system. Master naturalist and Wildwood Director Bob Speare will be your guide, along with Wildwood Teen Program Coordinator Naomi Rose Caywood. The Belize Teen Adventure is coordinated within Belize by our conservation partner, Programme for Belize, an organization founded in Belize by Mass Audubon in 1988 to preserve and protect 262,000 acres of tropical forest in northern Belize.

EXPLORATION. ADVENTURE. FUN.

!"#$&$ Awaken early to see the rare Yellow-headed parrot! Today’s activities will include a boat trip along New River and Ram Goat Creek to the Lamanai archeological site. For lunch, we’ll picnic surrounded by (or even on top of!) the magnificent Mayan ruins. After dinner we’ll go on a safari by boat—for crocodiles! The evening will be spent at Hill Bank Field Station. !"#$' After breakfast we’ll set out toward the newly renovated La Milpa Field Station. We will stop along the way to visit the rice and sugar filelds and a Mennoite store. We’ll also make a trip to the local school to meet with the students to learn what life’s really like in Belize. Next we’ll learn some of the magic of local cures from a medicine man before our indigenous lunch at La Orquidas Women’s Cooperative. Later in the afternoon, we’ll return to La Milpa Field Station for dinner and night walk around the grounds of the station. Overnight at La Milpa Field Station. !"#$($Enjoy an early-morning walk to get acquainted with some of fabulous resident tropical flora and fauna. Then we’ll head to the La Milpa archeological site. Unlike Lamanai, the excavation of this site is just getting underway, so it’s the perfect place to see how the jungle reclaimed the ruins. Our evening activity will be a safari to seek out noctural animals. Dinner and overnight at La Milpa Field Station.

!"#$)$Pack up early for a busy day of animals and fun on the water. Our first destination is the Belize Zoo. After lunch we’ll head to the coast and take a boat trip out to South Water Caye. Here we’ll have a great opportunity to swim with thousands of colorful fish and see brilliant coral a few feet off the small island. South Water Caye accommodations. !"#$* For our second day at South Water Caye, we’ll dig deep into the local natural history. This island is miles from the populous tourist destinations to the north so the reef is still relatively undisturbed—a fantastic place to learn about marine ecology. We’ll also have a chance in the afternoon to relax on the beach and absorb the beautiful surroundings of this island paradise. South Water Caye accommodations. !"#$+$All good things must end. After breakfast, we’ll be driven to the airport in Dangriga for the short flight to the international airport in Belize City to transfer for our international flights back home.

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ITINERARY April 15 - 21, 2012 !"#$%$We will be met at the airport by our Belizean partners and journey north to the Rio Bravo Conservation Area and Hill Bank Field Station, where we’ll spend the night.

Spring Break 2012, can you picture it?

Tropical breezes, exotic plants, beautiful birds, and subtropical animals. Snorkeling, exploring ancient ruins, jungle walks, and night spotting for crocodiles! April vacation in Belize is a unique opportunity to spend a week exploring a magical corner of the world with a small coed group of teens and two experienced teen educators. There’s adventure, rich natural history, culture, and a chance to relax and create lasting memories. In the first part of our trip we will explore the plants and animals of the subtropical forest life zones. We’ll spend our first day at the Hill Bank Field Station, located at the southern tip of the New River Lagoon, where wading birds and waterfowl blend with an amazing array of parrots and other jungle bird species. Next we’ll travel to the north and west for a visit to La Milpa Field Station, known for its archeological research and sustainable forestry, as well as birds, snakes, and small mammals. Both properties lie within the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area. We will focus on marine reef ecology during the second part of the trip, when we’ll spend much of our time on and near the water on South Water Caye, home to an extensive marine reef system. Master naturalist and Wildwood Director Bob Speare will be your guide, along with Wildwood Teen Program Coordinator Naomi Rose Caywood. The Belize Teen Adventure is coordinated within Belize by our conservation partner, Programme for Belize, an organization founded in Belize by Mass Audubon in 1988 to preserve and protect 262,000 acres of tropical forest in northern Belize.

EXPLORATION. ADVENTURE. FUN.

!"#$&$ Awaken early to see the rare Yellow-headed parrot! Today’s activities will include a boat trip along New River and Ram Goat Creek to the Lamanai archeological site. For lunch, we’ll picnic surrounded by (or even on top of!) the magnificent Mayan ruins. After dinner we’ll go on a safari by boat—for crocodiles! The evening will be spent at Hill Bank Field Station. !"#$' After breakfast we’ll set out toward the newly renovated La Milpa Field Station. We will stop along the way to visit the rice and sugar filelds and a Mennoite store. We’ll also make a trip to the local school to meet with the students to learn what life’s really like in Belize. Next we’ll learn some of the magic of local cures from a medicine man before our indigenous lunch at La Orquidas Women’s Cooperative. Later in the afternoon, we’ll return to La Milpa Field Station for dinner and night walk around the grounds of the station. Overnight at La Milpa Field Station. !"#$($Enjoy an early-morning walk to get acquainted with some of fabulous resident tropical flora and fauna. Then we’ll head to the La Milpa archeological site. Unlike Lamanai, the excavation of this site is just getting underway, so it’s the perfect place to see how the jungle reclaimed the ruins. Our evening activity will be a safari to seek out noctural animals. Dinner and overnight at La Milpa Field Station.

!"#$)$Pack up early for a busy day of animals and fun on the water. Our first destination is the Belize Zoo. After lunch we’ll head to the coast and take a boat trip out to South Water Caye. Here we’ll have a great opportunity to swim with thousands of colorful fish and see brilliant coral a few feet off the small island. South Water Caye accommodations. !"#$* For our second day at South Water Caye, we’ll dig deep into the local natural history. This island is miles from the populous tourist destinations to the north so the reef is still relatively undisturbed—a fantastic place to learn about marine ecology. We’ll also have a chance in the afternoon to relax on the beach and absorb the beautiful surroundings of this island paradise. South Water Caye accommodations. !"#$+$All good things must end. After breakfast, we’ll be driven to the airport in Dangriga for the short flight to the international airport in Belize City to transfer for our international flights back home.

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BELIZE

TEEN ADVENTURE Frequently Asked Questions !"#$#%&&$'()$*+",-$*)'$'"$.)&%/)0$ The entire group will travel together on the same flights, from Boston’s Logan Airport to Belize City. The parent or guardian of each teen traveler is responsible for purchasing the teen traveler’s flights. We anticipate that the flight cost will be $850$900. 1()+)$#%&&$'()$*+",-$2'340 We will stay in dormitory-style lodgings, all with running water and electricity. Bedding and towels will be provided. Mass Audubon has used these lodgings for our trips for several years. They are both very clean and comfortable. During our time on South Water Caye, we will stay in dormitories with private bathrooms and showers. 1(3'$#%&&$'()$*+",-$)3'0 Meals at the Field Stations are served buffet style. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day are included in the cost of the trip. Meals will include local Belizean cuisine as well as American style food options. !"#$#%&&$'()$*+",-$'+35)&$3+",67$'()$8",6'+40 Once we reach the airport in Belize, we will meet a driver to take us to our lodgings. All transportation is provided and has been arranged ahead of time. We will travel within Belize by private bus or van, by commercial airplane flight, and by boat. 9"$4",$,2)$&"83&$*,%7)2$"6$4",+$'+%-0 Mass Audubon has a twenty-five-year working relationship with Programme for Belize. Using the local guides that they select for us allows us to learn from those who have firsthand knowledge to share-on the places, people, and of course rich natural history. :;",'$<322$:,7,;"6 Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care for 34,000 acres of conservation land, provide educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. Mass Audubon’s mission and actions have expanded since our beginning in 1896 when our founders set out to stop the slaughter of birds for use on women’s fashions. Today we are the largest conservation organization in New England. Our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries, in 90 Massachusetts communities, welcomes visitors of all ages and serves as the base for our work. To support these important efforts, call 800-AUDUBON (283-8266) or visit www.massaudubon.org.

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2012

with Bob & Naomi


Belize Teen Adventure 2011