Welcome to Darwin200

The Darwin200 is a 2023-2025 Global Voyage following Charles Darwin’s famous journey on the HMS Beagle. The tall ship will stop in the locations where Darwin made landfall, including 50 one-week stays along the voyage. There are three main objectives for this voyage:

1) Train 200 young conservationists, known as Darwin Leaders, to help change the world of tomorrow.

2) Inspire students globally through the World’s Most Exciting Classroom.

3) Solve real conservation problems through interactive research and science projects, engaging audiences across the globe.

Visit the official website for Darwin200 for more details: https://darwin200.com/

The World’s Most Exciting Classroom

For two years, we’ll broadcast live into classrooms around the world from the ship and various locations along the journey. Bringing science, exploration, conservation, and adventure to life for students in a way that has never been done before!

Each week we’ll have live lessons with our ambassadors and local scientists and conservationists, and others beaming in from around the world. We’ll be using Streamyard as our live plaform, so that classrooms can join in a variety of ways to ask questions and interact.

There will be 6 classrooms camera spots for each event, while an unlimited number of classrooms can join live through the YouTube and Facebook streams. All of the events will record to YouTube and be accessible for classrooms at anytime afterwards. On top of the live events, each week we’ll release Darwin-themed experiments, mini video documentaries, interactive Story Maps and Kahoot! content you can use with your students.

Register here for updates as we race towards next August, when the Oosterschelde sets sail: https://forms.gle/Xzwpc7THLiS82gbq7

Ten Pilot Events

August is a long way away, so to start bringing Darwin200 into your classrooms, we’re going to host 10 pilot events, exploring 10 amazing locations around the world. These events will be jam-packed with incredible speakers and media, along with live Kahoot! events and Q&A time with the speakers.

Event # 1: South Georgia

Journey to South Georgia

October 7th @ 9am eastern/2pm UK time

Join in with Darwin200 project leader Stew McPherson and conservationists from the South Georgia Heritage Trust to explore the natural and cultural history of this incredible island located in the cold Southern Ocean.

A future stop of the Darwin200, South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’, offering incredible wildlife encounters and rugged beauty. South Georgia has an area of 3,756 square km and is 160 km long and 32 wide.

The island’s bleak Antarctic climate with perpetual snow covering three quarters of the island, supports only hardy grasses and other tundra plants. Marine life is abundant offshore, and there are a number of species of penguins and seals. Whaling ceased in the area in 1965 and now only a handful of people, including British Antarctic Survey scientists, live and work at the two small stations of King Edward Point and Bird Island.”

Register Here: https://forms.gle/yyc4o1S6vyNj5vFw8

Event # 2: The Falklands

 Journey to the Falkland Islands

October 28th @ 9am eastern/2pm UK time

Join in with Darwin200 project leader Stew McPherson and conservationists from Falklands Conservation who will talk about their work and efforts tracking and monitoring whales and dolphins in the waters surrounding the islands!

A future stop of the Darwin200, the Falkland Islands are one of the last great wilderness destinations! This group of islands in the South Atlantic is a place of pristine landscapes and wildlife. The shores are teaming with birdlife like albatross and petrels, while the waters are home to many marine mammals, from seals to whales to dolphins! 

Since Falklands Conservation began their work on baleen whales in 2016, it’s become clear that Falklands’ waters are a stronghold for several whale species. This is one of the few places worldwide where globally-Endangered sei whales can be seen from shore and found in accessible and predictable seasonal feeding areas for study. Since 2017, Falklands’ waters have also been documented as a novel wintering ground for the charismatic southern right whales. Their goal has been to better understand these species; their distributions, population size, ecology, and interactions with human activities. This information is critical to developing effective conservation and management of whale populations, and ensuring their continued recovery from the whaling era. Currently, baleen whales can be threatened by vessel collisions, entanglement in fishing gear, prey reduction, contaminants, harmful algal blooms, and disturbance from shipping noise.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/yyc4o1S6vyNj5vFw8