See the World with EAPS Faculty

Open to alumni and friends, the MIT Alumni Travel Program offers dozens of exciting trips each year to destinations all over the world led by MIT faculty. In just the last year EAPS professors led trips to Antarctica, Peru, the Galapagos, Iceland, Greece, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, and the Windward Islands. Below are some upcoming opportunities to join EAPS faculty and MIT alumni on some of their global adventures. If you have questions on any of our trips listed below, please call 800-992-6749 or email and we'll send you trip information once it becomes available; trips and dates are subject to change.

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May 2018

National Parks of the Southwest
May 21-June 1, 2018

With Senior Lecturer Amanda Bosh
Celebrate our epic land at favorite national parks and reserves in the Southwest. Tour Sedona’s towering red rock formations by Jeep. After a private MIT tour at Lowell Observatory, spend a day at the Grand Canyon. Take a motorized rafting excursion on the Colorado River and then discover Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.

Africa's Wildlife
May 27-June 9, 2018

With MIT Visiting Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences Hilke E. Schlichting
Explore a world primeval on this safari through some of southern Africa’s exceptional wildlife sanctuaries. After a day touring Johannesburg, spend three days exploring Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls and searching for the elusive black rhino. Continue to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, known for its large population of elephants. Travel by privately chartered plane to Zambia for unparalleled wildlife viewing at Lower Zambezi National Park, one of Africa’s last pristine wildernesses, and then stay for three nights at the intimate Royal Zambezi Lodge. Embark on a variety of excursions: open vehicle drives, guided canoe trips, bush walks, boat safaris, and fishing trips.

June 2018

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness
June 17-24, 2018

With MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel ’76 PhD’78
Explore massive glaciers, kayak scenic coastlines, and see iconic wildlife amid the secluded coves and towering forests of Alaska. Travel aboard the National Geographic Quest and actively explore a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Look for brown bear, humpback whales, orcas, bald eagles, and sure-footed mountain goats on steep cliffs. Kayak amid glacial ice, hike an old growth forest, and learn about Alaska’s rich Tlingit heritage from an onboard interpreter. The expedition team includes expert naturalists, an undersea specialist who reveals the seldom-seen wildlife beneath the water, and a certified photo instructor.

September 2018

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland
September 5–13, 2018

With MIT Professor Richard P. Binzel
Discover the true natures of fiery Iceland and icy Greenland on a wideranging adventure in a compact time frame. During this week long trip, soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths and explore the bustling urban capital of Reykjavík. By air, see Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80 percent of the country. Then cruise along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 100 miles and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. Venture into Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the resilient inhabitants. All along the way, take opportunities to view the legendary northern lights.

Download the full 2018 Explorer Catalog (PDF)
Programs and dates subject to change - updated 3/18/2018

June 2019

Total Solar Eclipse: Chile  Waitlist
June 28-July 10, 2019

With MIT Professor Richard Binzel
On July 2, 2019, northern Chile will be our location to view the total eclipse of the sun for two minutes and 25 seconds of totality. Accompanied by MIT Professor Richard Binzel, witness the eclipse and experience Chile’s world-class observatories and its richly diverse, legendary landscape. Visit the seaside city of La Serena, Las Campanas Observatory, Paranal Observatory, and explore the spectacular Atacama Desert.

Browse the 2019 Explorer Catalog
Programs and dates subject to change - updated 3/18/2018

Travelers' Tales

Department head Rob van der Hilst climbs up a lava tube. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.

In January 2016, EAPS Head of Department Rob van der Hilst led a group of 20 MIT alumni on a “Geology in Motion” trip to Hawaii.  The trip took them to Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, the Big Island. Highlights of the tour included visits to Waimea Canyon and National Wildlife Refuge at Kilauea Point, both on Kauai, to the top of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, and to the Volcanoes National Park (with the active eruption of Kilauea) and the volcano Hualalai on Hawaii. 

Rob van der Hilst and fellow travelers in the Volcanoes National Park, where the plume of the Kilauea eruption and Mauna Loa shield volcano in the background on the right. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.

Contemplating Climate Change at the Ends of the Earth - an interview with John Carlson about his January 2015 trip to Antarctica. Carlson's concerns about climate change prompted him to work with EAPS, in particular to support the Carlson Lecture, the Lorenz Center's annual public lecture series about climate change held each fall at the New England Aquarium. (Spectrum Magazine) more

Click on the above image to access this incredible photo journal from MIT alumni travel.

Learning from Antarctica Slice of MIT (January 2015 trip to Antarctica led by Susan Solomon)  MORE

For further information on giving opportunities or creating a named fund to benefit the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, please contact:

Angela Ellis
Senior Development Officer
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT
617 253 5796

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About the MIT Travel Program

2018 Travel Schedule

2018 Explorer Catalog (PDF)

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