- Helping to bring people into the field and rediscover their sense of wonder
- Demonstrating to people ecologically viable means of living
- Teaching people important tools for establishing or fostering the growth of sustainable systems for life on the planet
- Educating people on how ecological communities work and the role humans play within it
- Providing a forum for people from different cultures to exchange knowledge, experience, and perspectives
- Assisting in creative hands-on solutions to complicated problems
- Becoming a source of inspiration or a model for others to take action in their daily lives
El Canto de la Tierra has evolved over several decades of work in conservation ecology and education. Lane McDonald began taking classes to the Vermilion Sea Field Station (VSFS) in the early 1970's as a site to host college-level students for field programs in marine biology and ecology. Classes were typically hosted annually for 4-weeks through his efforts and eventually extended to groups from other colleges as colleagues and former students became inspired by his work. Following his retirement from a fruitful teaching career in 2005, his passion for the unique biologic systems along the Baja Peninsula led him into the desert where he met a kindred spirit and new friend, Rafael Villavicencio. Their dream for restoring healthy relationships within human communities and restoring their bonds to the environment took on a will of its own. Shortly thereafter, El Canto de la Tierra was formed in order to provide an infrastructure for this work to be done and provide the opportunity for the public to contribute if they think it worthwhile.
The Vermilion Sea Field Station and Rancho San Gregorio have active projects addressing sustainable and restorative approaches to ecologic systems, conservation efforts that support endangered species, medicinal applications of ethnobotany, scientific research in biology and geology and facilitate several educational field programs that cover those subjects. Further information on what is offered at these locations is available at the Rancho San Gregorio and VSFS tabs, including more information on current and past programs.
We encourage people to generate ideas and are always enthusiastic to provide new services groups may want to see in these areas. If you would like to participate in our programs, visit facilities, contribute, or would like to see a new kind of program or service please email us.