CHANGE THE WORLD

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


CHANGE THE WORLD

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

OUR MISSION

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


DEPARTED
15th AUG
2023
FROM
PLYMOUTH UK

01
GOAL 1

EMPOWER

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

02
GOAL 2

INSPIRE

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

03
GOAL 3

solve

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.

Research

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

CHARLES DARWIN

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.

FACTS &
FIGURES

200

Exceptional Darwin Leaders to drive global change over the coming decades

200
Million

Reaching 200 million students worldwide

50
Meter

Historic tall ship Oosterschelde

32

Voyage Legs

8

Interactive Citizen Science Research Projects

2023

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

CONNECTING GALAPAGOS CHILDREN and YOUTH COMMUNITY with DARWIN200 PROJECT

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

Diving in the waters of Fakarava felt like you were inside of an aquarium!

The abundance and diversity of life here is incredible.

But places like this are becoming rarer and rarer. Our oceans face many threats that have already caused many places like this to be lost.

However, there is hope. These ecosystems can recover but only given the right conditions. Factors such as sea temperature rise and subsequent changes in ocean chemistry severely hinder the corals ability to do so.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

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

Species Spotlight: Turtles! 🐢

Turtles are some of the most fascinating and ancient creatures on our planet, with a lineage that dates back over 200 million years! Here’s what makes these remarkable reptiles stand out:

1. Diversity: With over 300 species, turtles thrive in various habitats, from the deepest oceans to freshwater rivers and wetlands.

2. Lifespan: Some sea turtles, like the leatherback, can live up to 50 years or more, making them important indicators of environmental health.

3. Navigation: Sea turtles travel thousands of miles across the ocean, guided by the Earth’s magnetic fields to return to the exact beach where they hatched to lay their eggs.

4. Conservation Status: Many turtle species are threatened due to habitat loss, pollution, climate change, and illegal trade. Conservation efforts, like those supported by DARWIN200, are crucial to protect these amazing creatures.

5. Role in Ecosystems: Sea turtles help maintain healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, while freshwater turtles contribute to the health of river systems by controlling aquatic vegetation.

During our global voyage, we’ve been incredibly lucky to witness the beauty of these magnificent creatures firsthand. Each encounter has been a reminder of why it’s so important to protect them.

What You Can Do:

Support turtle conservation projects and organisations.
Reduce plastic use to keep our oceans clean.

Participate in beach clean-ups to protect nesting sites.
Spread awareness about the importance of turtles and the threats they face.

By learning about and protecting turtles, we help ensure that these ancient mariners continue to grace our planet for generations to come. 🌊💚

📸 Tom Dixon @tomdixonfilm

#Darwin200 #SpeciesSpotlight #Turtles #Conservation #WildlifeProtection #MarineLife #EcoWarriors #SaveTheTurtles #OceanConservation #GlobalVoyage #NatureLovers

This morning we departed from Fakarava and now continue our journey to Tahiti. Before arriving in Papeete we are planning to make one more stop in Mo’orea.

We were lucky enough today to have sea conditions that allowed us to launch the dinghy into the water while sailing. Giving everyone the opportunity to witness the elegance and power of @dutchtallship Oosterschelde from water level. And what a privilege this was!

To see how you could join the DARWIN200 World Voyage. Visit the link in our bio.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

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

🌊 Recap of DARWIN200’s Leg 17!

What an incredible journey we’ve had leaving the mysterious Easter Island and sailing towards the stunning Mangareva! From exploring ancient moai statues on Easter Island, hosting three incredible Darwin Leaders each studying their own individual research projects with local partners, to encountering vibrant marine life along the way, Leg 17 was full of unforgettable adventures!

Our Darwin Leaders delved into fascinating research projects: studying the effects of microplastics, exploring soil rehabilitation, and advancing seabird conservation. Their work is crucial in understanding and protecting our planet.

In this video, get a behind-the-scenes look at life aboard the Oosterschelde. Discover what it’s like to sail on this historic ship, meet our amazing crew, and see the teamwork that makes this voyage possible.

Watch our video recap to relive the highlights of this amazing leg and see why this expedition is a voyage of discovery!

Stay tuned as we continue our journey on Leg 18 towards Papeete, Tahiti, moving forward in our mission to change the world for the better.

📸 Tom Dixon

#Darwin200 #VoyageRecap #Leg17 #EasterIsland #Mangareva #Oosterschelde #OceanAdventures #MarineLife #ExploreTheWorld #SailingLife #Microplastics #SoilRehabilitation #SeabirdConservation

6 days after setting sail from Mangareva we have now arrived to Fakarava, an atoll within the Tuamoto group.

Here we undertook another set of coral transects as part of our global coral survey.

This morning technical diver @bollerup_gonediving and cameraman @tomdixonfilm travelled to the outer reef of the atoll carrying out 2 transects at the depths of 10 and 5 metres.

4 months ago Fakarava was hit by a large storm which damaged and killed a lot of the corals on the outer reef. But during our dive you could already see a carpet of young corals starting to regrow.

These ecosystems are resilient and will fight back. But factors such as rising ocean temperatures and ocean acidification make this much more difficult.

Coral reefs play a crucial role in supporting many species of fish, plants and animals. Without these corals we risk losing this rich ecosystem.

And we as humans would also feel this directly. Coral reefs support fisheries, buffer shorelines against waves and could even contain ingredients to cure diseases.

Stay tuned to find out more about this exciting project.

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

Sail with DARWIN200! 🌊

Due to recent cancellations, we have a few spots available to sail on the following incredible Pacific legs:

🌴 Voyage Leg 20: Papeete to Rarotonga
🌴 Voyage Leg 21: Rarotonga to Tonga
🌴 Voyage Leg 23: Fiji to New Zealand
🌴 Voyage Leg 26: Hobart to Christchurch

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to sail with us. Click the link in our bio for more information and to book your spot on this unforgettable voyage or visit https://darwin200.com/

Our 2-year expedition covers over 32 voyage legs, sailing more than 40,000 nautical miles, and explores some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Set sail with us and be a part of history!

#GlobalVoyage #Darwin200 #DarwinLeaders #Oosterschelde #TallShip #TallShipOosterschelde #DutchTallShips #TallShipSailing #OceanSailing #SailTheWorld #Sailing #SailingExpedition #OceanAdventure

We are back at sea, sailing on our 18th Voyage leg towards Papeete, Tahiti. 💙

There’s still a few spaces left to join a leg on our global voyage. Visit www.darwin200.com for more information.

#darwin200 #oosterschelde #sailing

Species Spotlight: Galapagos Sea Lion 🌊🦭

Guess who crashed our voyage with the cutest photobomb ever? 🦭 This little sea lion decided to join the DARWIN200 crew for a bit of fun when we were in the Galápagos! Known for their playful and curious nature, Galápagos sea lions are native to the islands and are an essential part of the marine ecosystem.

Did you know these sea lions can dive up to 600 feet and hold their breath for up to 10 minutes? They also love basking in the sun on the islands’ shores. 🏝️

Here are a few more fun facts about our flippered friends:

Social Creatures: They live in colonies and are very social, often seen playing together or engaging in synchronised swimming.

Agile Swimmers: They can reach speeds of up to 25 mph in the water, making them excellent hunters.

Diet: Their diet mainly consists of fish and squid, and they are known to cooperate during hunting.

Communication: Sea lions communicate using a range of vocalisations, from barks and honks to growls and grunts.

Lifecycle: Female sea lions give birth to a single pup after a gestation period of about 11 months. The pups are nursed for up to a year.

📸 Tom Dixon @tomdixonfilm

#SealTheDeal #DARWIN200 #LifeAtSea #Biodiversity #Galapagos #SeaLion #SpeciesSpotlight

📹 Video: Our adorable sea lion friend stealing the show!

Farewell Mangareva! 👋

Thank you for having us. After 10 days of exploring and undertaking research in Mangareva, we are now sailing towards our next stop, Papeete. Our journey will take us past the Tuamotu Islands. Stay tuned for more updates.

#Darwin200 #Oosterschelde #Mangareva #ResearchExpedition #SailingAdventure

Over the last week, we have been lucky enough to explore the incredible biodiversity and rich culture of Mangareva! Known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant marine life, and lush greenery, Mangareva has been special 💙

Did you know that Mangareva is part of the Gambier Islands and is renowned for its pearl farming and unique coral reefs?

Today, we will be leaving this beautiful paradise for our next leg of the voyage to Papeete (Tahiti).

Due to recent cancellations, we have a few spots available to sail on the following incredible Pacific legs:

Voyage leg 20: Papeete to Rarotonga
Voyage leg 21: Rarotonga to Tonga
Voyage leg 23: Fiji to NZ

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to sail with us onboard the Dutch Tall Ship Oosterschelde. For more information and to book your spot on this unforgettable voyage click the link in our bio or visit https://darwin200.com/

📸 @tomdixonfilm

#DARWIN200 #Exploration #Biodiversity #CulturalHeritage #Conservation #LifeAtSea #oosterschelde

Galápagos to Easter Island Expedition 🚢🌊

Join us as we look back on our incredible voyage from the Galápagos to Easter Island! Our time in the Galápagos was unforgettable, following Darwin’s path and observing the remarkable wildlife that sparked his theory of evolution. Experience life at sea with us, from breathtaking views and daily meals to the rolling ocean waves and amazing animals we meet along the way. Currently in Mangareva, we’re engaged in three exciting research projects while enjoying the stunning wildlife, cultures, and landscapes.

Photo credit: Josh Clarke

#Darwin200 #Voyage #GalapagosToEasterIsland #AdventureAwaits #TallShipExpedition #DarwinInspired #Wildlife #SeaLife #oosterschelde

Species Spotlight: Flamingos!🌟

Did you know flamingos are more than just pink beauties? These iconic birds are fascinating in so many ways!

✨ Colour: Flamingos get their vibrant colour from their diet of shrimp and algae, which contain carotenoid pigments.

🌍 Habitat: Found in warm, watery regions on every continent except Antarctica, they thrive in lagoons, lakes, and mangrove swamps.

👪 Social Birds: Flamingos are incredibly social and live in colonies that can number in the thousands. This helps them avoid predators and boost their chances of finding food.

🦩 Fun Fact: A group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance.” How fitting for these dazzling creatures!

🔄 Adaptations: Their unique beaks are specially adapted to filter-feed on small organisms in the water, and they often stand on one leg to conserve body heat.

🌱 Ecological Role: Flamingos play a crucial role in their ecosystems by helping to control insect populations and contributing to nutrient cycling in their habitats.

Join us in celebrating these magnificent birds and the role they play in our ecosystems! Share your favourite flamingo facts with us in the comments below. 🦩💖

#Darwin200 #FlamingoFriday #WildlifeSpotlight #Conservation #PinkPower

Join the DARWIN200 Global Expedition onboard the Dutch Tall Ship Oosterschelde – Limited Berths Available!

📍 Currently in Mangareva, we’re gearing up for our next thrilling sailing leg to Tahiti! If you’ve been following our journey, you’ll know that we are on a global voyage, sailing in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, aiming to inspire the next generation of conservationists as we go.

Due to recent cancellations, we have a few spots available to sail on the following incredible Pacific legs:

Voyage leg 20: Papeete to Rarotonga
Voyage leg 21: Rarotonga to Tonga
Voyage leg 23: Fiji to NZ

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to sail with us. Click the link in our bio or visit www.darwin200.com for more information and to book your spot on this unforgettable voyage.

Our 2-year expedition covers over 32 voyage legs, sailing more than 40,000 nautical miles, and explores some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Set sail with us and be a part of history!

#globalvoyage #darwin200 #darwinleaders #oosterschelde #tallship #tallshipoosterschelde #dutchtallships #tallshipsailing #oceansailing #sailtheworld #sailing #sailingexpedition #oceansailing

Join our next World`s Most Exciting Classroom episode, happening on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm UK time / 2pm Eastern time.

📺 Tune in live or watch it later via the link in our bio.

We`ve got an incredible program lined up:

🌊 The Oosterschelde has arrived at Mangareva!
🛰️ We`ll attempt a live uplink from the ship and learn about their time on the island. Our researcher, Jut Wynne, has received permission to continue his work exploring the biodiversity of invertebrates in caves and cliff sides.
🐠 Maria Bollerup has just joined us on the ship and will be conducting coral transects in Mangareva and then in Papeete.
🌿 Darwin Leader Thiago Cardozo will share his experiences working in the field during the Oosterschelde`s time in Peru.
🧠 Discover the answer to last week`s Curiosity of the Week and get ready for a new intriguing question!

…and much more!

See you there!

#DARWIN200 #WorldsMostExcitingClassroom #LiveEvent #Biodiversity #Exploration #Education

We have arrived in Mangareva! We have three fascinating research projects taking place this week.

The sunsets we experienced as we sailed towards Mangareva were simply magical. Each evening painted the sky with breathtaking colours, making our journey even more unforgettable. 🌇

Video credit: Tom Dixon

#Darwin200 #Sunsets #Mangareva #Sailing #Adventure #Travel #MagicMoments

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