Since 2002 the Navopatia field station has made all levels of education a priority.  We specialize in immersing people in field-based learning in one of the world's greatest classrooms.  Ideally located to provide access to mangrove and other coastal ecosystems within sight of a unique and threatened upland desert habitat.  Disturbed agricultural areas and tropical deciduous forest are a short distance away.  



 Field station staff have decades of experience teaching a wide array of subjects.  We can create, for any group; classes,  lectures, and programs from myriad subjects:

-Ornithology                             -Mexican History

-Botany                                     -Regional Geography


-Wildlife management             -Traditional and edible plant uses

-Herpetology                            -Field research and monitoring techniques

-Mammalogy                            -Conservation Biology

-Marine studies                    -Plant identification

-Spanish                                   -Natural history

-Art                                           -Cultural studies 

-Photography                          -Ecology 


We have a successful history working with many American and Mexican universities, tour groups, and others to tailor specialized programs for groups of all ages and abilities.  


Internships at the Navopatia Field Station

Internships at the Navopatia Field Station

The Navopatia Field Station is always looking for highly motivated volunteer field interns for the winter field season. Interns work closely with Mexican counterparts and staff on NFS research projects in Southern Sonora. Areas where interns will gain experience are; aquatic and land bird surveys, vegetation sampling, small mammal census, data entry, mist-netting, bird banding, and route finding.  Hands-on experience in conservation biology, and the local culture are also stresses.  Field crews are boarded at the Navopatia Field Station for an affordable fee, and have access to kayaks, libraries, and all other amenities. Access to study areas requires walking long distances, driving, and kayaking. Applicants should be undergraduates in good physical condition, willing to work in a thorn forest in the sun, and able to work well with others. Knowledge of Spanish is a plus, but not required. The area is little studied, remote, and a wildlife/plant rich region. If you have a strong interest in Natural History and wish to gain experience in biological fieldwork, please fill in the following form expressing your interest in this internship or send a letter of interest to the address below.



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