Biology teacher Peggy Slattery took a group of students to the Galapagos Islands over the summer to explore the islands' ecology. They stayed on the island of Santa Cruz and traveled to Floreana, Seymour, and Plaza Islands. Most of their days were split into three parts. They explored one of the islands in the morning, and then alternated every other day with snorkeling or service activities such as replanting endemic species on a mountainside or searching for tortoises and collecting data about their growth and health. The third portion of their days involved classwork. The classwork included studying the islands' geography, ocean currents, plant and animal life as well as the evolution of these species.