Expeditions

EarthEcho Expeditions represents the culmination of more than a decade of working with educators and youth from around the world. EarthEcho Expeditions uses the thrill of adventure to inspire a new generation of environmental champions. – Philippe Cousteau, Jr., Founder, EarthEcho International 

Stay tuned for resources from EarthEcho Expedition: PlasticSeas - January 2019! 

Do you and your students explore engineering design around water resource management?  Have you used any resources from EarthEcho Expeditions: Water By Design?  We know that young people across the world are leading projects that improve their water. We want to know YOUR story of young people taking action to improve their community. Share your story with us so we can share your impact with the world and be entered to win a $500 mini-grant for your classroom!  For more information and to enter click here.  (Entry deadline is World Water Day, March 22, 2019 (12:00 pm EDT) with a winner(s) announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2019.)

EarthEcho Expeditions is an annual program that leverages the rich Cousteau legacy of exploration and discovery to bring STEM education content alive for today’s 21st-century learners and their educators. Each EarthEcho Expedition begins with a week-long exploration of a geographic area facing an environmental crisis, examining the impacts that humans have on communities and water resources across the globe. In conjunction with local research and advocacy partners as well as the Expedition Fellows, we film and produce an education module for each Expedition. Each module combines:

  • Vibrant exploration videos 
  • Environmental audits
  • Examples of environmental actions championed by youth
  • Profiles of STEM professionals

A series of live virtual events are also hosted throughout the school year to engage students with voices that inspire action around environmental challenges from Expedition. Stay up to date on the latest live events and application deadlines by subscribing to our newsletter.

Journey with us on one of the exciting previous EarthEcho Expeditions:

  • PlasticSeas

    During 2018, the EarthEcho Expeditions team explored the consequences of coastal development and human pollution, particularly plastics, along Australia ’s southern coast with a focus on the impacts plastic pollution has on the vibrant creatures of Port Philip Bay. From 2001-2009, Australia’s coasts saw a 14% increase in population density, while the city of Melbourne is predicted to experience the largest population increases in the coming years. Continued growth and urban sprawl in coastal areas throughout Australia pose imminent threats to the offshore ecosystems but the population density of Melbourne made it the perfect place to explore this issue!  We dove deep into ocean plastics with our cohort of fellows and partners and examined where plastic pollution can come from, the impacts it can have on the environment and what solutions are out there to make the change we need to stop marine debris. 

  • Water By Design

    During 2017, the EarthEcho Expeditions team included our first Expedition Fellows, a team of teachers from throughout the U.S. who joined Philippe Cousteau, Jr. for an exploration of Southern California.

    This team examined the diverse solutions engineered to overcome the scarcity of available freshwater. From aqueducts that stretch across the state to converting ocean water to fresh to innovations in farming, Water by Design is an exploration of solutions to the global water crisis.

  • Shell Shocked

    Join the EarthEcho Expeditions team in the Pacific Northwest as we explore perhaps the most serious issue facing our oceans today: ocean acidification. Travel the gorgeous, rugged coastline to learn about the causes of ocean acidification and how it is affecting the native communities along Washington’s Olympic Coast.

  • Beyond the Dead Zone

    Join the EarthEcho Expeditions team in South Florida as we explore how development and agriculture are impacting the region’s natural ecosystems. From the Everglades to Biscayne Bay, we speak with scientists and youth about ocean acidification’s effects on marine life and the fragile marine systems in the southeast. 

  • Into the Dead Zone

    Join the EarthEcho Expeditions team on our inaugural adventure as we travel throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed to learn more about a global ocean issue that plagues more 400 communities worldwide: dead zones. Journey through five states and the District of Columbia to investigate the impacts causing a dead zone in the world’s largest estuary, including urbanization, agriculture, wastewater, and airborne pollution.