field studies

The Natural Sciences Department at Colby-Sawyer offers a variety of exceptional field studies experiences for students.

Desert Communities

After meeting during the semester, students and instructors journey to Arizona to study the ecology of the Sonoran Desert during spring break.

Explore the desert herbarium built in conjunction with the field studies course Desert Communities and learn about species that live in the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts of Arizona and California.

Marine Communities

In this field course, students learn about and apply aspects of scientific disciplines including biology, ecology, geology, ornithology and others. They will bring together a broader picture of understanding as we tie all of it in with socio-economic aspects unique to these communities.

We will explore how humans affect and have been affected by marine communities, as well as the responses to these impacts. Martha's Vineyard will be our living classroom to gain a deeper understanding of these topics and venture to apply our understanding to other marine communities around the world.

River Communities

Faculty and students spend 10 days studying the extraordinarily complex water issues of the Colorado River Basin in Colorado and Utah. The trip culminates with a four-day rafting trip on the Green River. With this course the field experience takes place in late May.

The School for Field Studies

Colby-Sawyer College has an affiliation agreement with the School for Field Studies. Students who meet the prerequisites may spend the fall semester of their senior year at one of the School for Field Studies locations in Australia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico and Turks & Caicos. The college's financial aid will travel with the student and credits earned will appear as Colby-Sawyer College credits.

The School for Field Studies, founded in 1980, envisions a sustainable world where people understand the complex connections between humans and nature, participate in the responsible stewardship of the environment, and thrive within healthy ecosystems.

Read more at the web site for The School for Field Studies.