Field Trips

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2014 ELF students at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

Field trips have long been tradition in the Geography and Geology Program and are a signature pedogogy of the disciplines.  Many of our courses include day and weekend field trips, but we also regularly offer extended multi-week trips over winterim and summer breaks. 

Specific trips are offered on a staggered basis.  Please contact the instructors listed with each course below to see when the next likely offering will be.  These are classes and not vacations; you pay for the experience, but earn a grade.

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Ecology and Landscapes (ELF) Field trip

This trip will include taking a train across the country, two weeks in Oregon, the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Mountains, and more.

Program Instructors:

  • Kristopher Wright
  • J. Elmo Rawling

Course Information:

  • Can be taken either as Biology 4710 (Selected Regional Habitats) or Geography 4760 (Geography Field Excursion)

Other Information:


Japan Field Trip

The Summer Field Seminar is built around the examination of the physical and cultural geography of Japan.  The trip is designed to cover various regions of Japan, examining physical and cultural differences and likenesses among outer regions and such well-known areas as Tokyo and Osaka.  Approximately 3-4 weeks of the trip will be held on the campus of IEC Kyushu Kokusai College in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto (near Nagasaki), Kyushu, and three weeks will be spent using the rail system to travel between Hokkaido and Kyushu. The field seminar provides a unique opportunity for students to conduct field studies and research on a variety of critical issues facing Japan's environment, culture and economy. More information on the field trip can be found here.

Program Instructor:

Course Information:

  • Prior Japanese language study is not necessary.
  • This course may be used to fulfill the general education requirement in international education. If taken for less than 3 credits, other credits from other courses must be used to obtain the 3 credit total.


Sweden Trip

This 20-day field excursion is designed to help students understand the processes that have created the patterns we see in our environment and how these processes vary around the world. Participants will interact with students, faculty, and researchers from around the world. Participants will explore the rolling farmland of Stockholm, Sweden up to the treeless tundra of Abisko, Sweden. Participants will collaborate on a research project with faculty and students from Mid Sweden University in the spectacular Skuleskogen National Park, Sweden and present their research to global change researchers from around the world at Abisko Field Station, more than 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

Program Instructor:

Course Information:

  • This course is 3 credits and satisfies the Social Sciences and International Education General Education requirements. Can be taken for graduate credit.
  • Prerequisites: GEOG 1040: Planet Earth or an upper level physical geography course AND a minimum of 2.5 GPA AND a clean disciplinary record. Must include a letter of recommendation from academic advisor.

Other Information:

  • Accommodations will include hostels and camping; a love and appreciation of the outdoors is highly recommended.
  • The cost of the program is approximately $4,200–4,500 + $35.00 application fee. Price includes 3 credits of tuition, airfare, transportation in-country, lodging, meals while camping, entrance and tour fees, and medical and accident insurance.  Price does not include passport, some meals, and personal expenses. Out of pocket estimate is $500–$1500.
  • Photos of previous excursions!


Western Trip

The Western Field Trip is built around a course (Geog. 3750) whose purpose 
is to study the geography of the western United States. The trip is designed to 
examine the cultural, physical, and environmental geography of this region. Specific 
topics change from year to year, reflecting the emphasis and route of that year's trip.

Program Instructor:

Below is a Story Map of our 2016 Western Trip. During this trip, we explored Explore our travels on the map and click "Learn more" to for information about each site and to see pictures of our experiences. You can scroll left and right to move through each day/location. 

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