​Update: The Global Expedition Program has been cancelled for 2020. Please check back in the future for updates. 

For campus-wide information regarding the coronavirus, please visit: shastacollege.edu/covid19.​​


Program Overview

Every summer Shasta College students have the opportunity to take part in real conservation research in cooperation with Operation Wallacea (OpWall) in locations across the world while earning transferable college-level credits. ​

Students have to enroll in the program both through OpWall and through Shasta College. More information on the application process can be found below. 

Approximate Course Dates: June 29th - August 14th 2020​

Approximate Trip Dates: July 24th - August 9th 2020*

*1-2 days may be added on either end depending on travel. Online coursework to be done before and after expedition dates. 

Out of District Student Course Offerings

If you are planning to attend an Operation Wallacea expedition, but not the Shasta College expedition to Mexico, you should visit: 

Courses that support Operation Wallacea destinations

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to the Global Education Center in Room 2308 and globaled@shastacollege.edu or (530) 242-7626.

​Mexico 2020

  • ​​Students will travel to the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico to assist with real conservation research lead by experienced scientists with Operation Wallacea.
  • Research  topics include assessing the impact of tourism on native sea turtle populations, analyzing the forest structure while estimating forest carbon stores, and searching for new or rare species. 
  • Students will be able to explore the Selva Maya jungle of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of both culture and nature and one of the largest remaining strongholds of endangered mammals such as jaguar and tapir.
  • Students have the opportunity to learn about Mayan culture by interacting with local Mayan communities, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, and observing their connections with nature now and in the past. 
  • Additionally, part of the marine science includes snorkeling and scuba diving along coral reefs and seagrass beds in the Caribbean while learning about the impact of tourism on sea turtle populations.
  • Students who are not already can gain their scuba diving certificate (PADI).
  • Exploring local geology, caves, and cenotes​.
  • Students who pass the class will gain 6-8 units (UC/CSU transferable for General Education) in Earth Science and Life Science. 
  • Have access to on-site medical professionals and receive travel insurance coverage.
  • Make lasting friendships!
  • Required courses to register in: 
    • ​Natural History of the NeoTropics (NHIS-5-U3284)
    • Natural History of the NeoTropics Lab (NHIS-5L-3285)
    • Earth Systems Science (ESCI-17-1823)
  • The total cost for the trip is approximately $3,000 - $3,200.
  • Price can vary based off number of students who sign up, price of flights, and price that students pay for Shasta College courses.
  • Cost is broken up into Shasta College fees and OpWall fees. For Shasta College, students only pay tuition and fees to Shasta. The rest of the fees are paid to OpWall and is used to fund transportation, lodging, staff at facilities, etc. 
  • Note about Shasta College cost: 
  • We highly encourage students to apply for financial aid. If eligible, financial aid can cover tuition fees ($46 per unit for California resident students), but most students (including high school students) will likely have to pay $34.50 health and campus fees required for all class registrations.
  • High school students do ​​not ​have to pay tuition fees. 
  • ​Scholarships are available to students (ranging from $500 - $2000) through the Shasta College Foundation and McConnell Foundation. Once the scholarships are available, more information can be found at shastacollege.edu/fa​

STEP 1: You can email your application to globaled@shastacollege.edu, bring it in person, or mail it in. If you are choosing to mail it, please send it to: 

Shasta College
Student Life
11555 Old Oregon Trail
Redding, CA 96003

Step 2: If you are not already a student at Shasta, submit your general application to Shasta College by following this link: www.ShastaCollege.edu/apply. If you have taken classes here before, you can skip this step. If you are unsure, please contact us using the information below. 

STEP 3: Register for Financial Aid and Apply for Scholarships (strongly recommended). Many forms of aid exist that may be applied to this expedition program. Apply for scholarships and general financial aid by visiting shastacollege.edu/fa.​

STEP 4: Register for the required 2020 Expedition Courses once enrollment for Summer class registration begins in the Spring.​ High school students will need to apply with a concurrent enrollment form.