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Whether it's grade school, graduate school or a yoga retreat, it's clear that location based, immersive, field experiences in nature offer the most impactful educational experiences. With a long record of safety and ecological sustainability, the Vermilion Sea Field Station is the ideal location for field courses. Whether you have the plan and just need a place to delve into your own curriculum, or it's your first time and you're looking for help with logistics and planning, we can help. Email us at [email protected] to start the conversation.
Who We Partner With
Graduate students participating in Miami University’s Global Field Program come to VSI’s marine and high desert field stations for a two week intensive course on basic ecological field methods, including point sampling, capture/recapture, quadrant studies, pitfall traps, line transects, and others. Students spend one week at Rancho San Gregorio, in the Valle de los Cirios Biosphere Reserve, and one week at the Vermilion Sea Field Station, in Bahía de los Ángeles. Students receive 7 graduate credits toward their Master of Arts degree in Teaching or Zoology. After their introductory course in Baja, candidates go on to participate in two other Earth Expeditions field courses.
Grupo Tortuguero is a local network of individuals and communities coming together to support the conservation of sea turtles in northwest Mexico.
Situated along the shores of the Gulf of California within the Bahía de los Ángeles Biosphere reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vermilion Sea Field Station (VSFS) has hosted scientists, conservationists, educators, and students since the 1970’s. Bahía de los Ángeles is a sleepy little town unlike other crowded Mexican tourist destinations. It is primarily known for fishing and was formerly a mining town. It is authentic Mexico at its finest.
Most visitors to Bahía and VSI take the rare and special opportunity to embrace being “unplugged” and find they connect more deeply with the incredible local environment because of it. However, if totally disconnecting isn’t possible, there are a handful of internet cafes in town. There is no cell service in town, but there are usually pay phones available at the internet cafes.
Additionally, if on-site WiFi is needed for specific administrative or academic needs, arrangements can be made at the time of reservation. If you have a specific need you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to reach out.
The Vermilion Sea Field Station is first and foremost a field facility for researchers and educators in the environmental sciences with rustic yet enjoyable accommodations. The field station is comprised of a central two story adobe and stone facility with 12 multi-purpose rooms, a large kitchen, indoor shower and changing room, outdoor bucket-flush bathrooms and an additional family house.
Sleeping is typically dormitory style, with cots available for sleeping either inside the field station or outside under the stars.
Our team is committed to the wellbeing and safety of all program participants and to those of the Bahia de los Angeles community. During this time of widespread pandemic, we have outlined below steps that we will take to mitigate risk of exposure to Covid-19. We ask that each program participant carefully review the information and agree to the participant pledge on the last page.
You can find those VSI Safety Commitments HERE. We will periodically update as needed.
If you have any questions regarding our safety preparations or any of these commitments, please contact your trip leaders directly.