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  • Locations: Ladyville, Belize; Sittee River Village, Belize; Tikal, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: WinTerm
  • Cost Estimate: WinTerm
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Field Station
Faculty Led: Yes
Program Description:


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In this program, students will gain an understanding of the patterns and processes that yield hot spots of biodiversity in Belize and Guatemala while learning to appreciate the need for their conservation. Time will be spent studying coral reefs and rainforests under the direction of native guides at two rustic field stations. Students should be prepared for a very active itinerary. In the end students should have gained an understanding and appreciation for modern Belizean cultures as well as the earliest Mayan inhabitants.

Location: Belize and Guatemala

Located in the tropical zones of the American continent, the Neotropics contain a diverse set of species and ecosystems, as well as a broader range of interactions compared with other tropical regions of the world. Its two coasts and its mountainous system, which provides numerous and varied microclimates, contribute to the land’s natural wealth, both in terms of species and ecosystems.
The weather in Central America is warm and generally pleasant this time of year but varies greatly and can sometimes be unpredictable. Be prepared for rain and sunshine! Expect 70-80 degrees this time of year.

Visit their Flickr page for photos from previous years! 




Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Completion of at least one academic semester at UW-Stout at the time of participation.
Good academic & behavioral standing
Prerequisite: Snorkeling workshop. This workshop is offered post-acceptance.

Program Dates
Course dates: December 23, 2017 - January 15, 2018
Travel dates to Belize: January 2 - 12, 2018

Course Information
BIO-270: Natural History of the Neotropics (4 credits)
Graduate students - BIO-789: Independent Study (4 credits) 
Satisfies the Natural Science with lab General Education requirement and the Global Perspective Requirement. 

Check with your Program Director to see how this will fulfill your program requirements. 

This course will be taught by
Dr. Michael Bessert



Accommodation: Students will be housed in cabins at Possum Point Field Station and Wee Wee Caye Marine Lab. In some scenarios, there is no air conditioning or heat, but conditions should be quite comfortable this time of year. Housing at Maya Mountain is a bit more modern, with electricity, running water, air conditioning and limited Internet access. There are no in-room bath facilities, but common bath/shower facilities are available for men and women. 

Meals: Some meals will be provided to participants for the duration of the program. These costs are already built into the program fee. Money for out-of-pocket meals will mostly be in the airport. Faculty leader will provide more details. Please notify the faculty leader of any dietary needs or restrictions.

Travel: Group flights will be purchased for all participants and the faculty leader. These costs are already included in the program fee.


The Cost Estimates at the top of this program website are used to determine the costs for your program. For information on financing your program and, specifically scholarship opportunities, visit the Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships link on our website. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.