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Community Initiatives at NHA

The list below is a sample of community programs that Natural Habitat Adventures is involved with. Some of the programs are executed through the Natural Habitat Foundation, a charitable arm of NHA. The foundation acts as a natural extension of the company’s conservation ethos, creating opportunities for deeper engagement and stewardship with our host communities and environments. Click here to learn more about the foundation, our projects, and how to get involved.

As with our conservation initiatives, we view sustainability as a work in progress, and we would welcome your feedback or suggestions for how we can continue to improve. Feel free to email us.

Community Initiatives in our Global Field Operations
  • Trip Donations — Each year NHA donates a minimum of $140,000 worth of free trips to non-profit organizations dedicated to conservation and environmental education in order to assist them with their fundraising efforts. To apply for a donation for your non-profit, click here.
  • Galapagos Scholarships — NHA is proud to sponsor the Scalesia Foundation in the Galapagos Islands by providing scholarships for local children to attend the Tomas de Berlanga School. By investing in education in the Galapagos, NHA and the Scalesia Foundation are working to not only improve the level of education at one school, but to create an excellent educational framework that can be replicated at schools throughout the Galapagos Islands. The students of the Galapagos will one day be in charge of managing the islands’ resources, and we believe it is imperative for them to have an education system equal to the challengers they will face.
  • Churchill Donations — During polar bear season, NHA donates unused seats on our charter flights between Winnipeg and Churchill to locals. Unused departures on our Polar Rovers (custom tundra vehicles used for polar bear viewing) are donated to local schools and community groups, providing Churchill residents the chance to experience amazing wildlife interactions in their backyard.
  • Meaningful Interactions — In dozens of settings around the world, NHA has sought out authentic cultural interactions to provide our guests with a meaningful understanding of and direct connection to the people and places we visit. In Papua New Guinea, we visit local villages in the Sepik Basin and spend time with the Huli people, who demonstrate their traditions and way of life and lead our guests in a Huli wig-making demonstration. In the San Juan Islands in Washington state, we visit a local salmon hatchery and learn its importance to the area's history and economy, then stop at a native Lummi midden to learn about the cultural history of the tribe. We meet with a Lummi elder who demonstrates traditional basket-weaving techniques while giving a talk about her life and people. In Belize, we visit with a local group of Garifuna people, who demonstrate traditional Garifuna dress, dancing and drumming and cassava making. In Utah, our guests meet with members of the Navajo nation, learning about their musical traditions and enjoying a Navajo flute lesson.
Community Initiatives in our Boulder, Colorado Home Office 
  • Volunteer Days — Twice a year, NHA staff volunteer as a group to support local charities and community projects.
  • Local Donations — NHA donates to local charities such as the Louisville Food Bank, Bike to Work, Global Explorers, Yoga Mats for Haiti, Team Ellie Bike Tour for Children with Cancer, Rock ’n’ Roll Denver Marathon, Crayons to Calculators, and the Giving Tree.

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