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Lindblad-National Geographic foster Galápagos artists

Trash-to-treasure transformation (Photo: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic)
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic are economically supporting the artisan community in the Galápagos with 'Make Art, Make a Difference' on select voyages in August and September. The program has been designed for travelers to make art, support local artisans and have a deeper, richer experience.

Travelers will join renowned artists Amy Bartlett Wright and Jonathan Alderfer to learn how to see and represent the creatures of the Galápagos. They can participate in drawing sessions on board and ashore to observe and learn about natural history while they record it.

Passengers also will have the opportunity to learn about the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund’s trash-to-treasure transformation through presentations and a visit to the fund’s newest glass workshop on Santa Cruz and see how local artisans transform recycled paper into jewelry. Plus, they will return home with two complimentary keepsakes made by artisans from recycled materials: a handmade glass and a Paper to Pearls keychain.

Bartlett Wright worked with the revered scientist, Dr. E.O. Wilson, and illustrated his 'The Diversity of Life' (Harvard University Press, 1986). She drew finch specimens at the Harvard Museum of Natural History that Darwin described following his studies in the Galápagos and illustrated a book on shell identification for National Geographic and 68 additional books. She teaches illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. Bartlett will be aboard National Geographic Endeavour on the Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 departures.

Alderfer has specialized in painting birds and natural history subjects for more than 30 years. For a decade he was National Geographic’s resident birding expert, and authored, edited or illustrated more than 20 books for the National Geographic Society, including the best-selling 'Field Guide to the Birds of North America.' He will be aboard National Geographic Islander departures on Aug. 20 and 27 and Sep. 3 and 10.

Special offers include free round-trip airfare from Miami to the Galápagos, and solo travelers can save 15% off standard solo rates on select dates. Rates begin at $6,590 per person, double occupancy.