This innovative field course in Churchill, Manitoba provides students with hands-on field research experience in ecology, environmental science and social research and includes one week working in Wapusk National Park, a remote wilderness park along the Hudson Bay coast accessible only by helicopter in summer, followed by time at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre ( to conduct further research and interact with indigenous elders and the community of Churchill.

Program Objectives:

1. Develop critical thinking, communication, and scientific research skills, as well as practical field research experience important for personal career development. Gain experience writing technical scientific reports and making formal presentations.

2. Experience different cultures and learn how to incorporate Local and Traditional Knowledge with ecological research and develop ways to interact with communities in order to do research in a respectful way.

3. Consider the role of protected areas in tourism and conservation and identify meaningful ways to use science as to tool to support management.

4. Obtain a holistic perspective of the ecology and cultures of the Hudson Bay coastal region.

Course Costs: /Tuition/ (~$710), /Travel Fee/ ($1300 –covers most meals, travel and accommodations in Churchill), /Travel to Churchill/ (~$250 by train, ~$1300 by plane)

Application Deadline: June 2010

For further information, please contact the course instructor:
Ryan Brook (