From volcano geology, to tropical agriculture, indigenous science and plant and marine ecology, students can look forward to a range of coursework about the environment. With the current trends in sustainable development, the main objective of this field school will be to develop students' environmental perspectives through hands-on field work in an international setting. The program also introduces methods for promoting environmental and ecological thinking across all grade levels and all subject areas.

Offered in partnership with the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai, this program is designed for students and teachers who are interested in an intense field based Professional Development opportunity with the interdisciplinary themes of Environmental and Ecological Education, which explores the environment in relation to global issues. Coursework taken in the field school can be used to satisfy core requirements in either the Minor in Environmental Education or the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Environmental Education.

Field School Director: Dr. David Zandvliet <>


Participants in the Hawaii Environmental and Ecological Education Field School will be enrolled in the following courses consisting of eight SFU units:

EDUC 452-8 Environmental Education (Q, B-Sci)
Examines the educational problems entailed in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment. Explores environmental issues through a multi-disciplinary approach, and relates historical and contemporary problems in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level. This course is a designated Science breadth course.

Graduate students may also take the field school as an elective (EDUC 857-5) within their program.

Participants may also choose to take the following course as an addition to the base field school course for a total of 12 SFU units.

EDUC 493-4 Directed Studies in Environmental Education or ENV 491-4 Directed Study in Environment
A multi-disciplinary approach for educators in formal and informal settings with an interest in learning more about environmental issues. Students will consider multiple perspectives on the goals, values and interdisciplinary nature of environmental education, review locally available curricular materials, and obtain a grounding in appropriate models for learning and teaching environmental topics.


After completion of the pre-departure orientation and coursework at SFU Burnaby (exact dates are TBC), participants will travel to Kauai, Hawaii for three weeks of study and field trips. The in-field dates are July 2 - 23, 2015. Upon formal closing of the field school, participants may choose to travel independently.

April 25, 2015 
Pre-departure orientation at SFU  
June 20 Pre-departure coursework at SFU
Days 1 - 2  Orientation to National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG)/Educational facilities/Settling in 
Day 3 Tour and activities in McBryde Garden
Day 4
Conservation collection at NTBG Research Center
Day 5
Tour and activities in Allerton Garden
Days 6 - 8
Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park
Day 9
Field trip to ‘Barking Sands’ Missile Testing
Days 10 - 11  
Tour of agricultural regions
Days 12 - 14
Service learning and project work
Days 15 - 17
Excursion to Limahuli Garden and Cultural Preserve
Days 18 - 20
Community service / Project work / Portfolio preparation
Day 21
Final portfolios and project presentations

Please note these dates and activities are tentative and are subject to change.


*Undergraduate tuition $1,434.62 (8 units), $2,130.26 (12 units)
**Program fees $2,032.55 (8 units), $2,111.99 (12 units)
Total cost (estimated)   $3,467.17 (8 units), $4,242.25 (12 units)

*Differential tuition fees are charged for international students.
**The program fee is based on ten participants.

Program fees include:

    Shared accommodation          Some group meals
    In-country transportation
         Field trips
  Pre-departure orientation, in-field/re-entry support

Program fees do not include international airfare, books, vaccinations, communication costs (telephone etc), mandatory health insurance, and additional personal travel. Program costs will be quoted in Canadian Dollars and will be subject to changes in exchange rates, travel, and accommodation cost quotations.

Students must pay tuition directly to SFU Student Services by the due date as outlined in the SFU Calendar.

The cost of the program is estimated and subject to change.

Full time students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. Full time SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries. Please note full time students are those taking nine or more units per term.


Hawaii Environmental and Ecological Education applicants must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 units of university courses
  • Completed one Education course, or have permission of the Field School Director
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA
  • Consent of the Field School Director

Note: The field school is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Students from departments outside of Education are encouraged to apply.

For more information on eligibility for non-SFU students, please see the Application page. 

Information Sessions

No further sessions scheduled.

Application Status: Closed
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Note: For people with (physical or mental) medical conditions, international travel can present severe challenges. Because SFU field schools take place in international locations where emergency services, and/or mental or physical support services may be limited, or non-existent, some field school placements will not be appropriate for everyone. Please speak with the program's Field School Director for information on specific conditions for this field school.

If you have a medical condition that poses limitations on your ability to function in certain environments, we strongly advise that you register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Where appropriate, CSD staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. Please note that, while CSD staff indicate to field school staff that a prospective participant requires accommodation for a medical condition, they do not disclose the nature of the medical condition.

Because overseas arrangements can be complicated, we recommend that you contact the CSD at least three months prior to the commencement of the field school in which you wish to participate. Please note that failure to make proper arrangements in advance of travel could result in termination from the field school with costs and academic credit forfeited.