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In the news: Gardens and Garry Oaks, a coastal field

Darlene and Leigh Joseph during an ethnoecology field school that offered a rare opportunity to learn about the cultural and ecological past of Tl’ches from Lekwungen elders and community members.

In the news
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Field schools

Field schools offer experiential learning that’s not possible in a traditional classroom—from paddling the Salish Sea with the Redfish School of Change to studying ecology and economy in Peru.

Field schools
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Co-op program

Charlotte Houston got work experience monitoring wildlife in the field during her co-op as a resource conservation assistant for Parks Canada in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.

Co-op education
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Restoration of Natural Systems

Our undergraduate program stream, diploma and professional specializations certificate programs will prepare you for a career in the critical field of ecological restoration.

Restoration programs
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Graduate studies

Take your research into the field! Audrey Steedman and Harneet Gill’s research on the changing landscapes in Canada’s subarctic meant spending time on the MacKenzie River, NWT.

Graduate studies
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Undergraduate studies

Our undergraduate students get the tools and passion to make an impact. Adam Huggins hopes future students will continue the Edible Landscapes project he helped create.

Undergraduate studies
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Research that makes an impact

Our interdisciplinary research spans the sciences, social sciences and humanities, reaching into history and projecting into the future. Eric Higgs studies ecosystems undergoing rapid change.

Our research

The environmental edge

Place matters. At the UVic School of Environmental Studies our research-inspired teaching and dynamic experiential learning opportunities are inextricably linked to our extraordinary location on the edge of the Pacific Rim.

Our students turn knowledge into action. From field schools aboard a schooner in the Salish Sea to developing community action plans as part of the Redfish School of Change or getting your hands dirty working on local ecological restoration projects, our students make an impact on real issues affecting local and international communities.

It is crucially important for conservation strategies that seek to protect our oceans and coasts to integrate the needs of human communities with the needs of biodiversity.
—Natalie Ban, Environmental Studies Professor

Reach across the boundaries of traditional disciplines with one of our interdisciplinary programs—explore the interplay between the social and the scientific aspects of the challenges facing our communities and the planet.

  • Do you want to develop innovative, practical solutions to environmental problems?
  • Are you looking for hands-on learning experiences that show you how to transform your knowledge into positive action?
  • Are you inspired by learning from and collaborating with people with different perspectives and experiences?

Find your edge at UVic's School of Environmental Studies

Experiential learning

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Complement your studies with hands-on learning in the field.

View a list of field schools & courses.

Our commitment to racial justice and decolonization

The School of Environmental Studies at UVic recognizes that the discipline of environmental studies has historically been overwhelmingly white, resulting in what Dorceta Taylor calls the “Green Insiders Club.” This white colonial dominance has significantly weakened the discipline and the broader environmental movement it contributes to. We are committed to undoing and unlearning these colonial practices by re-shaping our collective and individual decision-making using a decolonial and racial justice lens to amplify, work with, and learn from traditionally marginalized perspectives and experience. If you feel that this vision is not being actualized please send your feedback to Laurel Currie (