Clayoquot Sound Field School

A partnership between the UVic Department of Geography and Raincoast Education Society of Tofino

Applications for the 2018 program are now closed

Stay tuned for 2019 field school details

Photo by Tofino Photography
Clayoquot Sound - Photo by Tofino Photography

Are you interested in immersing yourself in an intensive, experiential, field-based semester in Tofino, BC, based in the world-famous Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve? Come for the adventure, leave with new knowledge and credit for 6 courses!

Please note that multiple positions in this field school will be allocated to interested students from beyond UVic, and in particular those from Tla-o-qui-aht, Ucluelet, and Ahousaht Territories in which the field school experience occurs.

Download an information package.

Application Requirements

Applications must include the following:

  1. Completed application and waiver forms (please ensure that you have signed the waiver)
  2. Current resume (2 pages maximum)
  3. 500 word personal statement (answer the questions outlined in the Personal Statement and Goals section of the application package)
  4. Unofficial transcripts
  5. Signed and completed Community Living Agreement and Roommate Questionnaire
  6. $1000 deposit fee (see details in application package)

We strongly encourage students to apply for the Social Sciences Field Course Student Support Fund if they have financial need.

See the application package for more details. Contact if you have any questions.


Students must register in all six of the classes below - most courses are 10 to 14 days each. Successful applicants will be registered in these courses through special registration by the Department of Geography (students will not register themselves and will not need all prerequisites).

  1. Geog 453 - Field Studies in Coastal and Marine Resources: Community-engaged conservation. Instructor: Dan Harrison
  2. Geog 391 A05 - Coastal Planning. Instructor: Rosaline Canessa
  3. Geog 391 A06 - Coastal Meteorology. Instructor: Shannon Fargey
  4. Geog 339 - Disaster Management and Community Resilience. Instructor: Cam Owens
  5. Geog 487 - Advanced Landscape Ecology: Rainforest ecology and management. Instructor: Andy MacKinnon
  6. Geog 456 - Wildlife Conservation: Wildlife research in practice. Instructor: Chris Darimont

Field school fees and financial support

Students will pay field school fees in addition to tuition fees.

Field school fees:

  • $1000 deposit paid at time of application
  • $2500 paid by October 10, 2017
  • $2500 paid by January 5, 2018

Field course fees include accommodation at the Tofino Ecolodge during the field school, assistance with your internship placement, bus and boat charters, teaching- and research-related equipment and materials, compensation for guest lecturers and knowledge holders, activities to build relationships with community leaders, and other field course expenses. Meals, transportation to and from Tofino, and other expenses are not included. See the application package for more details.

Financial support options are available through the Social Sciences Field Course Student Support Fund Application. Email for more information.