Galápagos Global Stewardship

Our deepest, longest-standing conservation relationship

Lindblad Expeditions supports stewardship efforts in the places we explore, and one way we do that is through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund. Traveler contributions to the LEX-NG Fund in Galápagos currently support our regional partners—the Charles Darwin Foundation, Galápagos National Park Directorate, Island Conservation, and the Scalesia Foundation—in their efforts to research and conserve the unique wildlife of the islands and promote education in the region.

Guest donations in Galápagos also support the National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grants, which promote future leaders with novel and exploratory projects that span the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. In awarding each $5,000-$10,000 grant, preference is given to projects that directly impact Galápagos or that align with our mission to preserve the ocean, coastlines, and coastal communities anywhere the LEX-NG fleet travels.

Continue reading below for a snapshot of projects we have supported over the years.

Island Conservation

Invasive species are more than a mere nuisance on Floreana; they are the primary threat to the island's native fauna, including many threatened and endangered species. To help Floreana thrive, the LEX-NG Fund supports Island Conservation's restoration project.

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Tomás de Berlanga School

In the highlands of Santa Cruz, the Tomás de Berlanga school is educating the next generation of leaders in the Galápagos. Through their nature-infused curriculum, the school cultivates well-rounded, socially and environmentally conscious students who care for their islands and the ocean.

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The LEX-NG Artisan Fund in Galápagos

The LEX-NG Fund's programs in the Galápagos help alleviate an environmental burden while economically supporting artisan communities by helping them turn bulky waste products such as paper and glass into objects of beauty and utility.

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Charles Darwin Foundation


Scientists at the Charles Darwin Foundation are working hard to preserve the unique ecosystems and wildlife of the archipelago by studying native and endemic species, testing control methods for invasive species, and inspiring conservation action.


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