St. Kitts:

Natural History & Preservation of Sea Turtles in the Caribbean

May 23-31, 2015




St. Kitts is a 65 square mile island located in the West Indies. The population is about 35,000 and the primary language is English. St. Kitts is home to the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN), an organization that monitors nesting sea turtle populations and acts as an advocate for the strengthening of sea turtle protection laws. Join us for an opportunity to spend five nights working with SKSTMN as leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtles nest and hatchlings head for the sea. We will also see the historic and cultural sights on the island including Brimstone Hill Fortress, Romney Manor, Black Rocks and Independence Square along with a rain forest hike and a catamaran sail. This trip is a balance of conservation work with time to enjoy the sights, sun, sand, and Caribbean water.


May 23-31, 2015


BIOL 299 Natural History and Preservation of Sea Turtles in the Caribbean (4 credits)

To see how the course will count toward a degree at SJC, check out the St. Kitts Academic Advising Sheet.

ESTIMATED TRAVEL COST:  $3400 (based on 8 students)*

Program fee (paid to San Juan College) covers:

  • Housing (Hotel in St. Kitts - 8 nights, double occupancy, 4 people per 2 bedroom condo unit)
  • Entrance fees to local sites
  • Transporation on St. Kitts to course activities
  • Rainforest hike
  • Catamaran tour
  • 5 dinners

Participants will be required to pay for the following additional travel costs that are not included in the program fee:

  • Airfare to and from St. Kitts
  • Breakfasts, lunches, 3 dinners, and snacks
  • International Medical and Travel Insurance

approx. $1400

Other expenses:  
  • Tuition and related fees for the 4-credit Biology course (required for all participants)
  • Passport application fee (for those participants who need to apply for a U.S. passport) - For information on getting a passport, please visit  
  • Immunizations/Medications (if applicable)
  • Souvenirs, phone calls, and other incidental expenses abroad


*This is an estimate and will vary based upon the number of participants.  


All participants must be over 18 years old at time of travel and must be San Juan College students in order to apply for the travel study program. All participants must register as students for the course(s) attached to the program and pay tuition, whether taking the course for credit or auditing. If you are not already an SJC student, it's easy (and FREE) to become one. Visit the Enrollment Services Home Page for more information.


Participants will be working on a beach for eight hours per night for five straight nights (8:00pm – 4:00am). Participants will be walking in the sand, on uneven surfaces, at night with minimal light. Participants will participate in a rainforest hike (uneven surfaces, slight inclines, slippery paths). Some local sights have steep inclines, uneven surfaces, and sand that may make walking difficult. Participants will step from a pier onto a catamaran which requires navigating steps. Participants are responsible for lifting/carrying their luggage at airports and hotels.


Application materials are available online at under the "Student Resources" tab. 

The application deadline is January 15, 2015.  APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS PROGRAM.


If you already have scholarships or other forms of financial aid through SJC for the spring/summer 2015 semesters, your financial aid should apply as usual for your tuition and fees. You may need to meet with your Financial Aid advisor to adjust the schedule for your disbursement of funds.

If you are a current, 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 in the Office of Global Studies for more information.


50% of travel cost due by January 30, 2015; remainder of travel cost (100%) due by March 13, 2015


Faculty leaders for this travel study program will be Don Hyder and Karen Acree. Don has a BS in Agricultural Biology from New Mexico State University, an MS in Science Teaching in Agronomy from Tarleton State University, and a PhD in Entomology from North Dakota State University. He has been teaching at San Juan College for 13 years. Karen has a BS in Business Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, an MA and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. She has taught at San Juan College for seven years. Don has previously led a travel study to Panama in 2006.


May 23:  Fly to St. Kitts 
May 24: Catamaran Sail and Snorkel with beach BBQ
May 25: Rainforest Hike, Wingfield Estate, Romney Manor, Work with SKTMN
May 26: Brimstone Hill Fortress, Work with SKTMN
May 27: Black Rocks, Work with SKTMN
May 28: Independence Square, Treasury Building, Port Zante, Work with SKTMN
May 29: Fairview Great House, Work with SKTMN
May 30: Cockleshell Beach Day
May 31: Travel from St. Kitts


Participants will need to arrive in St. Kitts on Saturday, May 23; departure is on Sunday May 31. For those participants needing to overnight in Miami, rooms at the Miami International Airport Hotel (located inside the airport) are approximately $159 - $179 plus tax.

On St. Kitts, we will be staying at the Timothy Beach Resort. There will be four participants per two bedroom condo-style unit. These units have kitchenette facilities.

For additional information, please contact:
Karen Acree – (505) 566-3392 or
Don Hyder – (505) 566-3772 or