WILDLANDS STUDIES FIELD PROJECTS ARE EXCITING AND CHALLENGING OPPORTUNITIES
For the past 36 years participants have joined backcountry study teams as working field associates, helping field researchers search for answers to important environmental problems. Your team will be small in size. In most cases there will be no more than 9-16 team members working with the project leader.
WILDLANDS STUDIES PROJECTS OCCUR ENTIRELY IN THE FIELD
At times, research can be frustrating, repetitious, or just plain hard work; but it is also a rare and fascinating opportunity to explore our wildlands firsthand, while striving toward shared goals with experienced instructors and new friends. You do not need previous fieldwork experience–all necessary skills will be taught on-site by our team staff. Students will receive 6-18 quarter credits/4-12 semester credits by participating in a Wildlands Studies project. Units earned may be eligible for transfer credit to both semester and quarter system campuses.
WE LOVE OUR WILDLANDS
Wherever we go, we strive seriously to minimize our impact on the land. We believe that to know its beauty and feel its inner music is a human need, a need important to our hearts as well as our heritage. As concerned citizens, we invite you to join one of our teams, and help in the effort to solve critical problems facing our wildlands and wildlife populations.
CONCERN FOR WILDLIFE
Wildlands Studies cares deeply about the welfare of the wildlife in the regions we visit. It is important to note that under no circumstances will team members be permitted to handle or disturb animals in any capacity, for research or individual projects. This policy is of critical importance because Wildlands Studies must comply with California State University Monterey Bay’s Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research and Instruction. We require all students to adhere to this policy in order to comply with the relevant laws and regulations as determined by California State University, and in the spirit of ethical consideration and respect for the well being of the wild animals that inhabit the ecosystems our team members will visit. Further information, including the policy and its definition of animal disturbance, is available at this link: https://csumb.edu/policy/policy-humane-care-use-animals-research-instruction.