Students studying on Galiano Island

Be part of the change with hands-on learning

Field schools offer unique experiential learning experiences that are not possible in a traditional classroom.

Field schools
Student touching a fruit tree

Inspire action

Adam Huggins hopes future undergraduate students will continue the Edible Landscapes project he helped create.

Undergradute studies
Researcher in a forest

Research that matters

Eric Higgs studies how we intervene responsibly in ecosystems undergoing rapid change.

Our research
Graduate students on a mountain overlooking the ocean

A living classroom

Graduate students take their research into the field in one of the world's most ecologically rich regions.

Graduate studies
Student on a boat with binoculars

Gain relevant work experience

Charlotte Houston monitored 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
Students hiking through a forest

Restoration of Natural Systems programs

Our diploma and certificate programs will prepare you for an career in the critical field of ecological restoration.

Restoration programs
Kwakshua Channel

Generations of settlement benefit old growth forest

Trees near former First Nations villages on BC's Central Coast have grown taller, wider and healthier than those in the surrounding forest—a result of human habitation and long-term intertidal resource use.

In the news

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.