- Takes place in environmental hotspots or human impacted field sites.
- Earn 6 points of science credit from Columbia University in just 5 weeks.
- Designed for students of all majors. No prerequisites required to enroll.
Special fellowship funding is available from EICES.
SEE-U is held in beautiful, yet human impacted, ecological settings.
Multidisciplinary Training for Students in Environmental and Social Sciences through Archaeological Research
Patrick Belmont, Ph.D.
Utah State University
5210 Old Main Hill, NR 350
Logan, Utah 84322-5210
Field Studies in Geography (GES 446)
Waldo Canyon Fire Scar - Cheyenne Mountain - Kit Carson Peak
Adventure • Education • Service
Earth Corps is a selective field-based course that offers motivated, environmentally conscious students the opportunity to live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. The program is designed to integrate key lessons in environmental studies with the completion of multiple critical environmental restoration projects. Run by the Rocky Mountain Field Institute in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Earth Corps attracts exceptional students from across the nation to participate in this unique service learning opportunity.
Earth Corps was created to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to directly address a critical environmental threat while immersed in a backcountry wildland environment. This hands-on program combines environmental education with environmental stewardship through an intensive 6-week field study. For the duration of the program, participants live and work in a backcountry setting, complete long hours of very demanding physical labor at altitudes of 8,000-14,000+ feet, work effectively as a team, exercise the highest level of commitment and perseverance, and make enduring friendships. Students will develop key outdoor skills during the program and through their summits of Cheyenne Mountain, Challenger Point, and Kit Carson Peak. Students will practice and learn Leave No Trace, backcountry navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management.
Earth Corps 2014 students will complete three environmental restoration projects in the following locations: Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar, Cheyenne Mountain, and Kit Carson Peak. Students will gain field experience in restoration ecology. Students will learn about soil, vegetation, hydrology, land/recreation management, and other key aspects of land restoration. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive 4 hours of credit from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (GES 446: Field Studies in Geography).
The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) environmental stewardship and education organization dedicated to the conservation of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountains. RMFI accomplishes its mission through key environmental projects developed in partnership with federal, state, and municipal land management agencies.
2014 Program Dates: June 30 - August 10
To Apply: Go to our website, www.rmfi.org, or contact our office for more detailed information and an application form. A complete application includes:
• Completed RMFI Program Application form
• Cover letter detailing interest in program and qualifications
• Current resume
Course Fee: There is a course fee of $2,500. Please do not let the fee dissuade you from applying for the program as scholarships are available.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2014 Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) REU at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). The ERIE-REU, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct interdisciplinary faculty-mentored research on a diverse array of projects related to ecological restoration of aquatic systems.
Students involved in the ERIE-REU program will receive one-on-one mentoring in the conduct of environmental research, focused training in environmental and professional development topics, and exposure to a variety of research methods. The program includes weekly group meetings to share research progress, and culminates with a symposium in which each student will present his/her research findings in oral and poster formats. In addition, students will participate in social events and field trips highlighting ecosystem restoration efforts and the environment of western New York and the lower Great Lakes region.
REU participants will receive a $500/week stipend (total of $5,000) and on-campus housing in a newly constructed LEED-certified student complex. A full time commitment to REU activity is expected (i.e., participants do not enroll in academic classes during the same period). Participation is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and students must be enrolled as undergraduate students in a college program through Fall of the following year (graduating seniors are ineligible). Most successful applicants have completed their junior year of study, although well-qualified sophomores are encouraged to apply.
All eligible undergraduate students interested in environmental/civil/chemical engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, or geography are encouraged to submit an on-line application; application instructions, faculty participants, and more information can be found at http://www.erie.buffalo.edu/REU_apply.php. Students from underrepresented groups or attending institutions lacking research facilities or opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.
The State University of New York at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 29,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.
For more information, please contact:
ERIE-REU Program Coordinator
University at Buffalo
202 Jarvis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000
GoEco is providing global volunteering opportunities for university students, faculty, and staff of Geography and Environmental Studies. Volunteers can choose from a variety of placements that will focus on wildlife and environmental research and conservation, as well as community and educational development. Discover the intriguing landscape of Madagascar with the Wildlife and Research Conservation project or get up close and personal with South Africa's wildlife at the Wildlife Sanctuary project. For a truly unique cultural experience become a counselor at the Multicultural Eco Summer Camp in Israel where you will immerse yourself in the culturally dynamic community.
MADAGASCAR: Wildlife Research and Conservation
Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island, and home to the most fascinating flora, fauna, and eco-system. With its unique creatures and landscapes, there is no better location to conduct environmental and wildlife surveys. Though challenging, this experience will see volunteers truly immerse themselves in nature, live in field camps made up of tents and showers with basic amenities while spending early mornings and late nights studying and collecting data on all of the fascinating things that Madagascar has to offer.
SOUTH AFRICA: Wildlife Sanctuary
The Volunteers will live in a comfortable house located on the sanctuary, with zebras and other wildlife roaming right outside the front door! The project will have set daily tasks such as cleaning, feeding, and general care of the animals. Volunteers will also have the chance to work on a variety of other projects including checking fire breaks, constructing enclosures, building a vulture kitchen, and creating other things that will further enrich the quality of life for the animals in the sanctuary. With so much to do and see, there is never a dull moment.
ISRAEL: Multicultural Eco Summer Camp
Mughar, located in northern Israel and overlooking the Sea of Galilee, is a diverse town with a long and rich history. This camp provides a great opportunity for Druze, Christian, and Muslim kids to learn and play together in a unique summer program. Join a group of local staff and international volunteers to teach environmental education, arts, sports, and English. Volunteers will have the chance to use their initiative and personal skills to create innovative ways of teaching and interacting with the kids.
● Full board
● Full pre-departure & in-country assistance, training, and support
Bexsyra, a GoEco volunteer at the Multicultural Eco Summer Camp, wrote a post on our volunteer blog about her experience in Israel. Here's an excerpt:
"The most exciting part about my journey was learning about the different cultures and religions. You can read about such things or watch them on TV but it is nothing like experiencing them first hand. I think it's very important to learn that there are people in this world who were raised differently from you, have different religions, eat different kinds of food but yet you can still relate to them in so many ways."
In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.
For more information, read below or visit our web site: www.greencorps.org.