2019 Sheridan Thailand Elephant Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2020 Sheridan Thailand Elephant Conservation Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, families will use the Post-Enrollment page to better prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Thailand!
Travel Dates: June 6, 2020 - June 17, 2020
Dates are Tentative
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,490 - or - $3,316 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,750
Deadline(s): Please contact Group Organizer for more information

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Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.

Program Tuition: $3,490

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:


Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:


* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.


There is a reason that Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s impressive geography ranges from forested mountains and thick jungles, to white sand beaches with towering limestone cliffs, to bright green rice paddies that extend for miles. Thailand has become increasingly more modern, as you’ll see during your visits in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, yet the Thais also pride themselves on maintaining their traditional culture, values, and lifestyle. Come discover for yourself what makes Thailand so unique and experience first-hand what this enchanting country is all about.

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.

Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family

Volunteer at Bring The Elephant Home

Volunteer at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center

Volunteer with Chiang Mai Hill-Tribe Communities

Visit Silver Wat Temple of Chiang Mai

Visit the Kanchanaburi Elephant Sanctuary

Visit the Mae Chaem Elephant Sanctuary (Burm and Emily)

Stay on a houseboat in Sai Yok National Park

Stroll through a Bangkok flower market

Hike the Doi Suthep Mountain

Explore Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok

Explore the Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary

Explore the Grand Palace of Bangkok

Explore the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary

Collaborate on a community project in Lisu Village

The Itinerary

We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

June 6USA / ThailandFly from the USA to Bangkok, ThailandIn Flight
June 7BangkokSawatdee ka! Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand! We will hold an orientation meeting and cultural introduction, and then rest after our long day of travel. We'll have some free time in the evening to explore the neighborhood around our guesthouse, soaking up the new sights, smells, and sounds!Bangkok Guesthouse
June 8KanchanaburiToday we will head to Kanchanaburi Province where we will partner with a local NGO that works to protect wildlife and elephants and learn about the farmer/elephant conflict in the area, what action is being done to help, and how we can contribute. To arrive at our destination, we will float down the river! Following, we will go on a jungle walk and learn about the flora and fauna of the region.Ourland
June 9KanchanaburiContinuing the elephant conservation theme, we will head to an elephant sanctuary that works to promote ethical elephant tourism in Thailand. Enjoy these magestic creatures! Meet the elephant herd, feed them delicious treats, and bathe with them in the river.Kanchanaburi Guesthouse
June 10KanchanaburiDay 2 at the elephant sanctuary. Spend the morning walking with your new friends in the forest, preparing their food, taking care of them, and helping in an ongoing reforestation project. We will also learn about -- and make -- elephant enrichment toys to provide the elephants with a fun challenge to keep their brains sharp. In the evening, enjoy time with the guides around a campfire.Kanchanaburi Guesthouse
June 11PhuketIt's island time! Pack your bag for our flight to Phuket where we will stay at one of Thailand's most famous elephant sanctuaries. Here, we will be able to dialogue with some of the world's leading experts about everything we've recently learned and ruminated on.Phuket Guesthouse
June 12PhuketEnjoy your last full day with the elephants! Don't forget to tell your friends about how they can ethically engage with these amazing animals, too.Phuket Guesthouse
June 13PhuketLet's take a break from our gigantic gray friends today and do some snorkeling and canoeing exploration of the southern islands! We will wake up bright and early to make the most of our day visiting 3 different spectacular National Parks that boast some of the world's best snorkeling. We will also have the opportunity to learn all about marine wildlife and coral reef conservation efforts.Phuket Guesthouse
June 14Phuket / RaileyToday will be another early morning, but the early bird gets the
worm when it comes to fantastic natural sightseeing. We will
spend another day snorkeling, though this time through Phang
Nga National Park, home to the famous James Bond Island. Once our day of adventure concludes, we will head to our luxurious beach bungalows.
Beach Bungalows
June 15RaileySpend the day relaxing on the beach, sipping on ice cold fresh coconut water, and going for a sunset hike in the evening.Beach Bungalows
June 16Railey / BangkokAfter a final morning on the beach, return to Bangkok via flight.
We will have time to do some last minute shopping and maybe
experience the unique Thai cinema.
Bangkok Guesthouse
June 17Bangkok / USASay your goodbyes to Thailand, we're off to the USA!Your own bed, eventually!


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 


Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Bangkok Guesthouse

Bangkok Guesthouse is centrally located as it’s walking distance from Bangkok’s Skytrain, market places, restaurants and other street food vendors. Bangkok Guesthouse can accommodate 2-3 students  per room. Some of the amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water.




OurLand operates as an eco-lodge, for those who wish to experience the magic of the reserve for a short period of time. OurLand was founded as a tribute to everyone who loves nature and wants to spend some silent time in mother nature’s embrace. Here you connect with the spirits of the land in the ancient Thai ways.

Safety and Support


With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!

Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and Panama

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.


Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!


WTT coffee
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