Skip guidebooks and Google searches, and grab your snorkeling gear and hiking boots—there are new ways to learn about, and explore, Puerto Rico.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Future Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the environment, is opening a Puerto Rican branch of their award-winning environmental education and adventure program, Ambassadors of the Environment.

Located on the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach Reserve, the program will weave knowledge with experience. Participants will learn about Puerto Rico’s coral reefs, wildlife, wetlands, and Taino culture via snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, archaeological exploration, and other activities.

“The Ambassadors of the Environment program is designed to share the wonders of the natural environment. We will focus on how a variety of species collectively create healthy and sustainable ecosystems. With these ‘lessons from nature’ we explore how humans can create more sustainable communities for ourselves. It is through this lens that we explore the beautiful ecosystems around Dorado Beach,” said Dr. Richard Murphy, head of the program’s development.

Not yet open to the public, the 1,400-acre Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach has 100 guestrooms, 14 one-bedroom suites, an original plantation hacienda, a botanical spa, and a restaurant by award-winning chef José Andrés. Ambassadors of the Environment is set to launch when the Reserve opens in December 2012. All ages are welcome.

Jenneke Oostman is an Editorial Intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photos courtesy of Ritz-Carlton