LA MILPA FIELD STATION, BELIZE
Combination research facility and ecolodge operated by the nonprofit Programme for Belize. Activities include touring archeological sites, jungle trekking, and birding.
CROW CANYON ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER, COLORADO
Nonprofit center near Cortez conducts multidisciplinary research into the ancestral Pueblo Indians and provides related educational programs for adults and families.
GOLDRING-GUN MARINE BIOLOGY STATION, COSTA RICA
Through an EarthWatch Institute tour, volunteers can aid the monitoring program for researching and conserving leatherback turtles nesting on Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas. www.goldringmarinestation.org, www.earthwatch.org/exped/paladino.html
TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTER, PERU
The remote rain forest lodge in the Tambopata National Reserve, which houses tourists and researchers, is near the world’s largest macaw-attracting mineral clay lick.
SOUTHWESTERN RESEARCH STATION, ARIZONA
Non-researchers may stay at this remote field station in the Chiricahua range run by the American Museum of Natural History and popular with birders. Amateurs mingle with scientists by chance and in the dining hall.