Belize Adventure and Ecology

June 14-23, 2014 (plus additional classes before departure)

January 2014

We are offering 3 informational sessions for this course. We will be discussing all course details and answering questions about gear, travel, costs, fitness level, fund-raising, and any other questions that potential participants may have. We encourage anyone interested in attending this course to join us for any or all of these sessions.

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 6:00-7:00PM in room 55341 (located in the Health and Human Performance Center)
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2014 from 6:00-7:00PM in room 55341 (located in the Health and Human Performance Center)
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 6:00-7:00PM in room 55341 (located in the Health and Human Performance Center)


Belize is a dynamic country – an anomaly perched on the edge of the Caribbean and sandwiched between Guatemala and Mexico; a tiny English speaking country with a stable government and an incredibly diverse population. The fascinating mix of Mayan, Mennonite, Mexican, and British culture is just the start of the diversity found in Belize. Tropical forests full of howler monkeys and shimmering reefs hiding colorful fish hold equally compelling discoveries. During this program you will experience the unique ecology of Belize and travel off-the-beaten path to find adventure and a new understanding and appreciation of conservation and different cultures.

Sea kayaking, sailing, beach camping, and wildlife viewing opportunities are just a few of the many adventures this course has to offer.

OLER299 Adventure and Ecology in Belize (4 credits)

In-state: $3,259

*The program cost includes airfare, food while in Belize, equipment, transportation in Belize, lodging, and tuition.

This program is open to anyone over 18 years of age.  You do not need to be a current SJC student to apply.  High school students may not enroll in this course for dual credit. 


Download and fill out the travel study application and turn it into the address provided on page 2 of the application.  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Tanner at or 505-215-0391 or JD Tanner at or 505-566-3487.

The application deadline is TBD.


If you already have scholarships or other forms of financial aid through SJC for the spring 2014 semester, your financial aid should apply as usual for your tuition and fees. 

If you are a current full-time, degree-seeking, financial aid eligible student at SJC, you may be eligible to apply for scholarship funds through the San Juan College Foundation. Contact Cynthia Rapp Sandhu ( for more information.


JD Tanner is currently the Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation at San Juan College.

Emily Tanner is a freelance writer and outdoor educator.

With over 22 years of combined experiential education experience under their belts, JD and Emily have taught several college courses together, as well as numerous workshops and clinics to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts. Their shared interests in outdoor education, adventure travel, and environmental ethics have provided them with the opportunity to work with a wide range of people from all walks of life. Both have developed the hard and soft skills to effectively lead and teach others in the outdoors.


May 20:  Classroom Session 5:30-7:00
May 27:  Classroom Session 5:30-7:00
June 3:  Classroom Session 5:30-7:00
June 11:  Classroom Session 5:30-7:00
June 14:  Fly to Belize City and travel to San Ignacio; Camp near San Ignacio
June 15:  ATM Cave expedition; Lecture on Mayan History and Rainforest Ecology
June 16:  Travel to Belmopan and stay in Jungle Lodge; Xunatunich Mayan ruin exploration; night tour of Belize zoo; Lecture on Wildlife Ecology
June 17:  Service Learning Project (TBA)
June 18:  Travel to Caye Caulker; Sea Kayak mangrove and islands; Lecture on Sailing Preparation
June 19-21:  Sail south along the inner reef; Snorkeling and fishing; Lecture on Marine Ecology and Conservation; Camp on islands
June 22: Sail north to Belize City; Stay in hotel in Belize City
June 23: Travel back to ABQ