UNESCO Criteria for the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands pic

Galapagos Islands
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A journalism student at Ohio University, Benjamin (Ben) L. Schwartz is a native of Glenview, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. In addition to his ongoing journalism studies, Ben Schwartz works as a camp counselor in the Glenview area. He also enjoys traveling with his family, with whom he has visited the Galapagos Islands.

Located in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a chain of volcanic islands renowned for their unique species of flora and fauna. The islands inspired Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution after he visited in 1835, and the area has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

UNESCO provides the criteria that the islands fulfilled to become a World Heritage Site. The criteria include an abundant and diverse underwater wildlife with locations of geological interest, such as three major tectonic plates.

Its highly diverse flora and fauna, including a large number of threatened or endangered species, also contributed to the islands’ UNESCO status. For additional information on the UNESCO criteria, visit www.whc.unesco.org.


When to Visit the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands


Benjamin “Ben” Schwartz of Glenview, Illinois, is studying for a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Ohio University. He hopes to pursue a career as either a sports or music reporter following graduation. Together with his family, Ben L. Schwartz has traveled to numerous locations outside of Glenview and the nearby Chicago area, including the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Islands has two peak tourist seasons: from June to September and December to January. During these times, visitors must book accommodations and airfare well in advance. Even though the Galapagos National Park limits the number of visitors who can travel to the islands, these two seasons still feature large crowds.

In terms of weather, temperatures in The Galapagos stay in the low to high 80s almost all year round. From June to December, temperatures are a bit cooler thanks to the Humboldt Current. The current also brings with it plenty of underwater species who are following the rich nutrients, in turn making these months best for scuba diving and snorkeling. Further into December, there tends to be some cloud cover, but rainfall is still low. The better weather and underwater habitats play a large part in the larger tourist crowds during these months.

Visiting between January and May is often the best for avoiding large crowds. Rainfall is higher from February to April, but is still not overwhelming. Meanwhile, temperatures typically range from the 70s to 80s. During these months, visitors have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, including baby sea lions. The local flora also starts blooming during spring, flooding the islands in bright colors.

The ACRN Organization Goes Beyond Being an Online Radio Station

All Campus Radio Network pic

All Campus Radio Network
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A journalism student at Ohio University, Benjamin “Ben” L. Schwartz of Glenview, Illinois splits his time between his educational responsibilities and extracurricular activities in and around Chicago. Ben Schwartz is a passionate music and radio fan and has hosted his own radio show since high school. The Glenview native is also a member of Ohio University’s All Campus Radio Network.

The All Campus Radio Network (ACRN) is a student organization at Ohio University that is open to all students who share an interest in music and radio. ACRN is most widely known as an online radio station. DJs at ACRN play an active role in the station’s operations. They help with running the radio and play music both on the air and at live or mobile events.

ACRN also features numerous departments that welcome students with all kinds of related interests. Students involved with ACRN can do everything from assist with promotions or sales for the station, make videos, or oversee the station’s DJs. Additionally, ACRN maintains a team of students dedicated to social media activity for the station and a team focused on maintains behind-the-scenes operations.

Beyond the radio station, students have the option to write for ACRN. Music journalists write about changes in the music industry while graphic design students help create some of ACRN’s designs. Further, students can choose the music that is played on air or create the on-air ads played by the radio station.