Baja BOW 2011:Snorkeling, Hiking, Kayaking and Exploring the Unique Ecosystems of the Baja Desert and the Sea of Cortez

This event is open to all women, of all skill levels. Teachers, this is an ideal program if you need to earn graduate or continuing education credits. College credit is offered through the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in conjunction with this field experience for an additional fee. Sponsored by International Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) and hosted by Green Edventures.

When: April 14-20, 2011

Where: Baja California Sur, Mexico

Who: Adult Women Ages 21 and beyond.

-(participants are typically mid 40s to late 60s)

Topics: Marine Ecology, Indigenous Cultures of Baja, Fish ID & Behavior of the Gulf of California

Description: An educational and exciting experience for adult women to explore the remote and beautiful habitats of southern Baja with an expert team of guides and naturalist in a non-competitive learning environment. Under the warm golden sun, along the sparkling shores of one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world, learn to snorkel, free-dive and SCUBA, and kayak. Gain a better understanding of coastal desert ecology, fish behavior and ID, and practice your Spanish skills with our tri-lingual Mexican guides who speak fluent English, Japanese and their native Spanish!!

Activities include basic to advanced snorkeling and free-diving instruction as well as Discovery SCUBA for those who want to try SCUBA with a Dive Master or Instructor and diving opportunities for already certified divers. You will experience the watery world of the Gulf of California, home to over 800 species of fish and 1/3 of the world’s marine mammals. Swimming with sea lions is a guaranteed highlight, swimming with gentle whale sharks is a very strong possibility — and for many an item on their bucket list. Hiking backcountry trails in pristine desert ecosystems we encounter desert animals, learn how to identify plants of the region and we’ll explore an archeological site with homesteads dating back 10,000 years. Kayaks are available for personal use in the protected bay for you to have quiet time paddling along the cost with a buddy, observing the tide pools, or for getting up close to resting birds and rock formations.

More info:

www.greenedventures.com/adults

Facebook Group: Meet the 2011 participants and see last year’s photos here.

Blog: Read a first-hand travel log from one of last year’s participants: http://bajawomen.blogspot.com/2010/09/okay-jump-in-go-go-go-it-could-have.html

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