We’re inspired by wildlife and wildlands.
We believe connecting to their beauty satisfies a basic human need that is important to our hearts as well as our heritage.
And we believe in the transformative effect they have on people.
We first started introducing students to this beauty through immersive field studies in 1979, and over the years have continually refined and improved our programs to provide both rich learning experiences and deep connections to the environment.
The students who participate in our programs are as diverse as the programs themselves. Students come from across North America and Canada. They tend to be undergraduates looking to gain firsthand knowledge of our wildlands while earning credit toward their degrees. They’re scholars and adventurers and recent graduates aiming to build their resumes to improve their credentials for graduate school or a job.
Our instructors hail from across the planet, have earned PhDs or MS, and are subject matter experts in the topics they teach. They share a concern about the impact of development and growth on our natural environment, and they share experience as backcountry field guides,
certified in first aid and CPR.