Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery to re-trace Charles Darwin’s voyage around the globe.


Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery to re-trace Charles Darwin’s voyage around the globe.


DARWIN200 is a planetary conservation initiative which aims to change the world for the better.

We are sailing a historic tallship around the world following Charles Darwin’s voyage aboard HIMS Beagle two centuries ago.

Using our ship as a floating laboratory and media platform, we will harness the legacy of Charles Darwin’s passion for natural history to engage worldwide audiences and advance global conservation.

Discover our project goals below & join our mission.

Where are we on our Global Voyage?

Our journey will consist of 32 voyage legs and we will be making landfall at key locations where Charles Darwin stepped ashore. But where are we now….

50.3755° N, 4.1427° W

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Train exceptional DARWIN, LEADERS, one from each of 200 countries and states around the world. These young conservationists will become tomorrow’s environmental leaders.



Create the WORLD’S MOST EXCITING CLASSROOM to reconnect global audiences with nature, science and conservation.



Undertake citizen science RESEARCH PROJECTS tackling many of the world’s most critical environmental problems to engage global audiences in practical solutions.

DARWIN Leaders

DARWIN200 is selecting the world’s top young (18+ year old) conservationists – one from each of two hundred countries and states around the world.

These exceptional young conservationists (known as ‘Darwin Leaders’) are carefully chosen for their abilities, initiative and determination. Many have already accomplished inspiring conservation feats (such as setting up projects to save endangered species or efforts to educate audiences in their home countries). All show the raw, burning passion to protect the natural world and drive positive change for a better future.

From August 2023 to July 2025, groups of 4-8 Darwin Leaders will travel to our ship in each of the ports Charles Darwin visited, using our ship as a floating laboratory and media platform.

World’s Most Exciting Classroom

During the DARWIN200 2023-2025 Global Voyage, our goal is to engage with millions of students at schools across the planet via continuous streams of free online activities, research projects, experiments, lectures, competitions and weekly ‘nature hour’ events.
We call these outreach activities ‘the world’s most exciting classroom’.
All our outreach activities will be completely free of charge for students, teachers and the general public. Our goal is to engage 200 million students worldwide during our two-year global voyage and for years to come.


In continuation of Charles Darwin’s work aboard HMS Beagle, the DARWIN200 ship will offer a unique platform to support 8 research projects into many of the world’s most critical environmental problems. Results will be displayed via live data feeds, results presentations, online lectures and interviews with the professional teams of researchers behind each initiative.

12.02.1809 – 19.04.1882


In 1831, at the age of 22, Charles Darwin stepped aboard HMS Beagle in Plymouth, England to being a five year journey around the world. DARWIN200 builds on Charles Darwin’s legacy to educate global audiences about the threats our planet faces and the inspiring conservation work that can save the natural world.



Exceptional Darwin Leaders to drive global change over the coming decades


Reaching 200 million students worldwide


Historic tall ship Oosterschelde


Voyage Legs


Interactive Citizen Science Research Projects


Voyage starts

The Global Voyage will be undertaken aboard the historic 50 metre long tall ship Oosterschelde. Built in 1918, this uniquely restored, three masted schooner is one of the most beautiful historic vessels afloat.

Conservation is not about what we have lost but what we still have. Countless species and even entire ecosystems can be brought back from the brink. DARWIN200 will empower tomorrow’s conservation leaders and the global public to change the world for the better to build a brighter future.
Stewart McPherson, Project Leader
Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will
we help. Only if we help, shall we be saved.
Jane Goodall, DARWIN200 Patron
I am very supportive of this incredible project. Using Charles Darwin’s voyage on HMS Beagle as a framework to highlight environmental change as well as the beauty of nature is a timely and noble ambition.
Dr. Sarah Darwin, Charles Darwin’s Great-Great Granddaughter

press releases

Rapa Nui Port Visit for Tall Ship Oosterschelde and DARWIN200 Darwin Leaders.

On June 4th 2024 DARWIN200, the two-year planetary conservation mission aboard the magnificent Dutch tall ship Oosterschelde, arrived in Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Press Releases 11-06-24


During the Darwin200 project visit in Galápagos, creating a strong link to the local community is important given the vital message that connects the boat’s journey,…

Press Releases 08-05-24

The World’s Most Famous Dutch Tall Ship Oosterschelde and DARWIN200 en route to Galápagos, the jewel in the crown of Charles Darwin’s historic expedition that inspired his Theory of Evolution.

Tall ship Oosterschelde will be in Galápagos 25th April – 19th May 2024 having sailed over 13,000nm since departing the UK last August on the DARWIN200.

Press Releases 25-04-24

DARWIN200 aboard tall ship Oosterschelde to reach Callao, Peru

DARWIN200 reaches the Pacific Ocean to visit Peru during two-year global voyage and conservation mission aboard tall ship Oosterschelde.

Press Releases 28-03-24

DARWIN200 reaches the Pacific Ocean to visit Talcahuano and Valparaíso Chile

DARWIN200 reaches the Pacific Ocean to visit Talcahuano and Valparaíso Chile during two-year global voyage and conservation mission aboard tall ship Oosterschelde.

Press Releases 28-02-24

Darwin200 Crew to Celebrate Charles Darwin’s Birthday

February 12th 2024, International Darwin Day: Today the crew aboard the Dutch tall ship Oosterschelde will celebrate and commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin (12 February…

Press Releases 11-02-24

DARWIN200 Sails Strait of Magellan to Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is the ninth of 30 ports to be visited during DARWIN200, a 40,000+ nautical mile voyage and conservation mission. The DARWIN200 Global Voyage is…

Press Releases 20-01-24

DARWIN200 in Falkland Islands

DARWIN200 is in Puerto Madryn between 11th December – 20th December 2023 for a week of youth conservation leadership programmes.

Press Releases 09-01-24

Instagram live feed

Darwin Leader Taleya Ouellet shares her experience working in Rapa Nui. Find out about how you can become a Darwin Leader on our website! #environment #conservation #stewardship #plastic #pollution #globalsolutions #activism #oceanconservation #marinebiology #environmentalleadership

We are almost halfway through our two year global voyage, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin.

Do you want to join the ship?

Find out how through the link in our bio.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

#darwin200 #oosterschelde #Darwin200 #TallShipVoyage #SailingAdventure #HistoricJourney #Circumnavigation #CharlesDarwin #ExploreTheWorld #JoinTheCrew #AdventureAwaits #SailingExperience

The Nazca Booby (Sula granti) was long thought to be a subspecies of the Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) until 2002 when a molecular study showed that these are in fact separate species. The Nazca Booby has a more orange bill than the masked booby and a more restricted range. You can see the Nazca Boobies fishing and breeding around the Galápagos Islands and coastal Ecuador.

This particular individual is a juvenile.

Populations of the Nazca Booby are relatively large, but decreasing and they are classified as Least Concern by the IUCN.

📸 @rhodri_hall

#darwin200 #oosterschelde #Darwin200 #TallShipVoyage #SailingAdventure #HistoricJourney #Circumnavigation #CharlesDarwin #ExploreTheWorld #JoinTheCrew #AdventureAwaits #SailingExperience

We have bid farewell to the enchanting Easter Island and are now heading towards the beautiful Mangareva in French Polynesia. Our journey continues aboard the majestic tall ship, Oosterschelde seen here sailing away from the iconic Moai Statues.

While on Easter Island, our Darwin Leaders made significant progress on their research projects, addressing vital environmental issues like microplastics, soil rehabilitation, and seabird conservation.

Stay tuned as we continue this incredible two-year voyage, following in Charles Darwin`s footsteps, exploring and conserving the wonders of our planet!

Photo credit: @joshclarkephotos

#DARWIN200 #GlobalVoyage #EasterIsland #Mangareva #EnvironmentalConservation #Sailing #AdventureAwaits #oosterschelde

🌅☀️🌄 The big debate….

Sunrise or sunset??

Which one is your favourite and why?

Let us know in the comments below. ⬇️

📸 @tomdixonfilm

#darwin200 #oosterschelde #Darwin200 #TallShipVoyage #SailingAdventure #HistoricJourney #Circumnavigation #CharlesDarwin #ExploreTheWorld #JoinTheCrew #AdventureAwaits #SailingExperience

Species Spotlight: Argentinian Tegu 🌟

Meet the fascinating Argentinian Tegu, a remarkable reptile known for its intelligence and adaptability! We were lucky enough to see this species in Southern Argentina during our global voyage. Here are some interesting facts about this incredible species:

🦎 Scientific Name: Salvator merianae

🌍 Habitat: Found in South America, primarily in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

🧠 Intelligence: Tegus are known for their problem-solving skills and can even be trained to recognize their owners.

📏 Size: They can grow up to 4.5 feet long, making them one of the largest lizards in their habitat.

🌡️ Unique Trait: Unlike most reptiles, they can raise their body temperature during the breeding season.

Stay tuned for next week’s species spotlight feature.

📸 @joshclarkephotos

#SpeciesSpotlight #ArgentinianTegu #DARWIN200 #WildlifeConservation #Biodiversity

Discovering the Moai Statues of Easter Island! ✨🗿

We are captivated by the iconic Moai statues. These massive stone figures, carved by the Rapa Nui people between 1400-1650 AD, stand as a symbol of the island’s rich cultural heritage. Each statue can weigh up to 82 tons and reach up to 10 meters in height!

Stay tuned for more insights from this incredible location.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

#DARWIN200 #EasterIsland #MoaiStatues #CulturalHeritage #ExploreMore

Weekly Recap: Galapagos to Easter Island 🌴

This week, we arrived at Easter Island and have been reflecting on our adventures from the past week on the high seas! Here’s a glimpse into what it’s like sailing onboard @dutchtallship . Enjoy this quick recap of last week’s journey before we reached Easter Island.

🎣 We caught some big fish and enjoyed fresh meals straight from the ocean.

💨 Battled strong winds and navigated through large waves.

🌦️ All around, we faced intense weather, making it an unforgettable sailing leg.

Stay tuned as we continue our exploration on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)!

📸 @joshclarkephotos

#DARWIN200 #WeeklyRecap #GalapagosToEasterIsland #SailingAdventures #HighSeasJourney #LiveExploration #oosterschelde

Yesterday, we had an incredible World`s Most Exciting Classroom online event, beaming out to schools around the world! Our latest adventure took us to the mystical Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with a live uplink from the island itself. Catch up on all the excitement via the link in our bio.

🔍 Question of the Week

This week, we’re asking: "How were the moai statues of Easter Island moved from the quarries to their positions today?"

📩 Send your answer to for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher! Find out the answer and the lucky winner on next week’s Most Exciting Classroom online event.

#darwin200 #WMEC #RapaNui #EasterIsland #MoaiMystery #ClassroomAdventure

Join us for the next episode of the World`s Most Exciting Classroom tomorrow, Thursday, June 6th, at 2pm UK time / 9am Eastern time!

📺 Tune in live or catch the recording later via the link in our bio.

Here`s what`s in store;

– The Oosterschelde has just arrived at Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
– Live uplink from the island to discuss the voyage from Galapagos and the week ahead on Rapa Nui
– A special lesson from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth (if time allows)
– This week`s new experiment and classroom/home challenge
– Join a Kahoot quiz and live Q&A session
– Can you guess this week`s Curiosity of the Week?

…and much more!

Don`t miss out on this exciting episode.

#DARWIN200 #WorldsMostExcitingClassroom #LiveLearning #RapaNui #Oosterschelde #NationalMarineAquarium #KahootQuiz #CuriosityOfTheWeek

We have arrived at the legendary Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island! 🌴

After an incredible voyage from the Galapagos, we are ready to explore this mystical island, famous for its stunning landscapes and iconic Moai statues. Soon we will be welcoming our next group of Darwin Leaders ready to begin their research projects.

Stay tuned for updates this week from Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

#DARWIN200 #EasterIsland #RapaNui #Oosterschelde #Exploration #AdventureAwaits #darwinleaders

We fell in love with these cheeky Galápagos Sea Lions. Check out this sea lion’s bubble ring tricks! 🦭Nature’s playful magic at its best.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

#Darwin200 #GalapagosSeaLions #BubbleRing #OceanWonders #WildlifeMagic #oosterschelde

Meet the Team! 🌟

Introducing Rolf Schreuder, our Science Coordinator for the Darwin Leader Project! Rolf plans, organises and oversees the Darwin Leader projects in ports, working closely with local conservation partners to drive positive environmental change.

With extensive experience in environmental science and a passion for conservation, Rolf’s work ensures the success of our projects and the preservation of vital ecosystems.

Learn more about Rolf’s role, his favourite part of the job and his background by watching this video!

Thank you, Rolf, for your exceptional work and dedication to DARWIN200 and our Darwin Leaders.

#Darwin200 #MeetTheTeam #ConservationHeroes #RolfSchreuder #EnvironmentalScience #oosterschelde

Join us for the next episode of the World`s Most Exciting Classroom tomorrow, Thursday, May 30th at 2 PM UK time / 9 AM Eastern time!

– Tune in live or catch up later via the link in our bio.

Here`s what`s in store:

– Sailing Update: The Oosterschelde has been enroute to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) after departing from the Galapagos.

– Live Uplink: Catch up with researcher Grant and camera operator Josh from the ship.

– Meet the Expert: Jut Wynne, a cave biologist, will join the ship at Rapa Nui. He`ll be exploring caves on Rapa Nui, Pitcairn, and Mangareva, with hopes of discovering new invertebrate species. Jut has explored caves worldwide, discovered new species, and even collaborated with NASA on planetary cave exploration projects!

– Special Lesson: If time permits, we`ll have an exciting lesson from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

– Experiment & Challenge: Check out this week`s new experiment and take on the challenge in your classroom or at home.

– Interactive Fun: Join a Kahoot quiz and live Q&A session!

– Curiosity of the Week: Can you guess this week`s curiosity?

…and much more!

#Darwin200 #WorldsMostExcitingClassroom #Conservation #Science #Education #Adventure #Galapagos #RapaNui #CaveBiology

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