Edina HS Fiji Conservation Research Expedition

Lindsey Smaka Start Date: Oct 30, 2017 - End Date: Jul 29, 2018
  • Fiji
  • Natewa, Northern Division, Fiji

My Travel Story

by: Lindsey Smaka Start Date: Oct 30, 2017 - End Date: Jul 29, 2018
A group of 20 juniors from Edina High School will be travelling to Fiji to take part in a conservation research expedition through the conservation group, Operation Wallacea. 

The first week, students will stay the first two nights in a traditional Fijian village and participate in a Fijian culture and environment course.  After two nights, the group will trek up the mountains (approx. 2 hours) to a forest camp in the heart of the Natewa National Park. The students will spend 5 nights in the national park performing research, including forest measurements, arthropod surveys, bird surveys, herpetofauna and mammal surveys, and bat surveys.  From there, the group will descend to the coast (2 hrs) and will be based in the Natewa Bay Marine Research Centre.

Students will spend the second week at the Marine Research Centre. Students will complete a PADI Open Water dive training course and will take part in a Pacific reef ecology course and learn how to perform marine research techniques while diving or snorkelling.


  • Fiji
  • Natewa, Northern Division, Fiji