Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies

Photo By Naomi Blinick

Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico

Bird Foot on Human Hand - Photo by Naomi Blinick

"Protecting priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange and community participation."

The Kino Bay Center is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Each year the Kino Bay Center hosts over 450 researchers, students, resident fellows and community visitors from dozens of institutions and community groups from Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world.
The Kino Bay Center facilitates, supports and integrates collaborative efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of resources in the culturally and biologically rich Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California. The mission of the Kino Bay Center is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center provides high quality opportunities for experiential and field-based education to contribute to research and conservation in the region and to build capacity within local communities for participation in conservation and sustainable development. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges. 

History of the Kino Bay Center

Prescott College is a small private institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A. B.S., M.A. and Doctorate degrees with a mission emphasizing field studies, small class size, experiential and environmental education, self direction, and a commitment to the environment, social justice and the liberal arts. Prescott College has had a presence in this ecologically and culturally unique region since 1969 when classes first explored Sonora and the Midriff Islands. The Kino Bay Center was established in 1991 and the Mexican non-profit organization supporting our collaborative programs was initiated in 1992. The development of the infrastructure and programs at the Center has grown from a careful planning process initiated through the guidance of a 1999 Planning Workshop funded by the National Science Foundation. Prescott College’s permanent presence in the region has resulted in the development of ongoing projects, relationships, and collaborations that have enabled significant contributions to education, science, conservation, and community leadership capacity building.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Support

The Conservation Fellowship Program awards 2-6 fellowships each year to young professionals to work within the Center’s programs. Since 1999, 26 fellows from five countries have gained valuable field experience, developed their careers and academic goals, and made valuable contributions to the community, the Center, and conservation in the region.

Prescott College and the Haide Koskinen Scholarship fund have provided a number of scholarships for undergraduate students from Prescott College and Mexican universities to participate in classes and research at the Kino Bay Center.

Friends of the Kino Bay Center

The Kino Bay Center is supported by Prescott College with additional funding from the National Science Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Kakatu Foundation, the Coleman Family estate, the estate of Sylvia Hulmes, the Christensen Fund, UFSWS Sonoran Joint Venture, the Marisla Fund of the Orange County Community Foundation, the Wild at Heart Foundation, Global Green Grants, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, PANGAS/University of Arizona, Duke University, and many individual donors. 

The Prescott College Kino Bay Center is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations ( 

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