Important information about this trip
Shedd Aquarium’s iguana research expedition is for anyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to make a difference for wildlife conservation. We’ve designed a field experience that is exciting, challenging and entertaining while also safe, accessible and meaningful. We provide the expertise and equipment, but our volunteers provide the teamwork that makes the project possible. Expect to get wet and dirty, work hard, learn a lot and have fun. Our participants are men, women, older, younger, singles, couples and friends. Many are repeat participants. And our captains and our conservation and research staff members are as passionate about the iguanas and their ecosystem as they are knowledgeable.
Study sites are in two areas of the Bahamas, which are visited in alternate years. Please see our brochures for Andros and for the Exumas for specific trip details.
Getting there and getting home
Please see our expedition brochures for travel details for the Andros and Exumas expeditions.
Because many airfares are nonrefundable, please check with us before finalizing your plans. We also strongly suggest travel insurance for your protection and in the event that you are unable to join the project for personal or medical reasons.
Remember that a valid passport is required for international travel. Please check your passport expiration date.
The R/V Coral Reef II is your main transportation and floating basecamp for this expedition. It carries three Boston whalers and an inflatable motorized craft for explorations and landings. The crew includes two licensed captains and a cook. Cabins can accommodate 11 passengers, double occupancy. They have limited storage space; pack lightly. Like the rest of the boat, cabins have regular 110-volt electrical service, so you may bring an electric razor, hair dryer, or other small personal appliances. The boat has four modern heads and showers. The large, comfortable salon includes a media center, library and games. The boat is air-conditioned throughout.