Want to Study Abroad in Belize?
Where else besides Belize Botanic Gardens (BBG) can you learn so much about nature’s flora and fauna in a living lab? Set in 45 acres in Western Belize, BBG is surrounded by tropical forest. Just a five-minute walk takes you to the Macal River where you can cool off on a hot day. Be inspired by nature and get up close and personal to the hundreds of native and exotic plants found here. With unlimited access to the gardens you will have plenty of time to explore.
In addition to it’s amazing biodiversity, Belize has a rich history of cultural diversity. The ancient Maya Cities of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are nearby and Caracol is within visiting distance. These, as well as other sites, are easily explored from BBG
Welcome to Belize Botanic Gardens
Student groups have been visiting BBG since 1997 and in 2012 we started teaching horticulture classes. Our experience is what will provide you with a unique learning opportunity. Let us help you plan your trip to Belize. We will be happy to consider your learning goals and budget.
Eating and Sleeping
Best of all, you can stay right on the BBG grounds. Accommodations are in our affordable 16-bed, 4-bathroom guest house. Meals are served in the nearby Visitors’ Center which also serves as a classroom. Here’s where you can get online. You might want to do some research with “real” books. In that case, you can access our large botanical library.
Fun Learning Activities
Try some of our fun learning activities while you are here. Foraging for edible plants is a favorite. And while you are here you can help prepare meals from what you find on the grounds. We won’t let you eat anything poisonous so you don’t have to worry! You might want to learn about Maya Medicinal Plants. Or maybe the medicinal and nutritional values of some of the little-known fruits and other plants found here, or both. How about a guided bird walk with our experienced guide? Or help us with one of our projects?
Monkeys In The Wild
You can join our Howler Monkey expert and follow a resident troupe to learn about their habits and habitats. Belize Botanic Gardens now hosts 2 resident troops of Howlers with a new baby born in July, 2023. Our original old boy, George, the first monkey to make his permanent residence in the gardens, still lives here and hangs around on his own. Birds, butterflies, insects, amphibians as well as animals small and large abound.
Learn Horticulture Techniques
And don’t forget to sign up for one or some of our horticulture workshops where you will learn organic methods. This is because BBG is one of the few totally organic Botanic Gardens in the world!