Service Trip to Puerto Rico

This summer, Macaulay is partnering with the San Juan Bay Estuary Program to send a small group of students to San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico, a natural habitat and community devastated by recent hurricanes. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with other Macaulay students, engage in service, and learn more about the island’s biodiversity.


The application for this service trip has closed on March 22nd. Thank you for your interest in this program.


This service trip will take place June 11-17. Planned educational topics* and activities include:

  • Urban forest renewal
  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Tour of Old San Juan
  • Environmental assessment
  • Water quality monitoring in lagoon and beaches


This activity will contribute approximately 35 hours towards the Community Service requirement.



Day 1 – Monday, June 11

AM: Depart to San Juan, Puerto Rico
PM: Short Educational tour

Day 2 – Tuesday, June 12

Vegetative debris removal in urban forest network

Day 3 – Wednesday, June 13

Vegetative debris removal in urban forest network

Day 4 – Thursday, June 14

AM: Citizen Science: Water quality monitoring on Condado Lagoon and Beaches
PM: Reforestation and Community Rehabilitation Brigade

Day 5 – Friday, June 15

AM: Citizen Science & Environmental Assessment: Bird census
PM: Reforestation and Community Rehabilitation Brigade

Day 6 – Saturday, June 16

AM:Reforestation and Community Rehabilitation Brigade
PM: Community activity

Day 7 – Sunday, June 17

Depart to New York, NY



Open to Macaulay classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Interested students should complete the application and submit a written statement. Participants must be able to perform physical tasks, such as lifting heavy objects. Non-Spanish Speakers Welcome;
sessions and activities conducted in English.


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Air travel generously provided by jetBlue. Accommodations and program costs are funded by the CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) fund. Participation in this trip will not affect or decrease your access to the Opportunities Fund.

*Please note that details of this service trip are still being finalized, and information listed on this page may change. For more information contact