This March, York Prep Students Will Embark on an Incredible Journey To the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, known to some as the “Enchanted Isles”, and home to some of the highest levels of endemic species (about 80% of the land birds and 97% of the reptiles and land mammals can only be found on the Galapagos Islands) will serve as the extraordinary backdrop for 13 lucky York Prep students and three faculty members this spring break as they embark on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage. The Galapagos Islands, and particularly the preservation of their fauna and flora, represent one of Mr. Stewart’s major interests. As a member of the board of the Charles Darwin Foundation, he has been involved with the archipelago since the 1980s and has been there 13 times. He has arranged for our students and faculty members to visit for an eight-day trip, where the group will spend seven nights on the Islands accompanied by a naturalist guide.

There will be many opportunities to explore the unique wildlife and vegetation the Galapagos is famously known for. Activities such as snorkeling with the sea life, kayaking, scenic bike rides through the jungle, and walking under lava tunnels, are just a few of the highlights the group can look forward to. No trip is complete without a visit to Tortuga Bay to visit the turquoise water, white sandy beach, giant cactus forests, and black volcanic rocks that make for beautiful scenery. Before leaving, the group will have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Charles Darwin Station, where our students will experience an in-depth presentation of current research studies. We are excited for the group of explorers to report back to us with some stunning photos!