Field Studies in Ecological Design


Ecological Design Poster

When and Where:

2023 Field School: May 1st - 10th (weekends excluded)

Greater Victoria, BC

How to Apply

Apply in: Spring Term.

Applications closed for 2023. Stay tuned for future offerings!

Contact if you have any questions.


Program Overview

There will be a drop-in information session via Zoom Friday, March 17th at 12:30pm 


Ecological design is “the art and science by which we would remake the human presence on Earth” (David Orr), a partial antidote to the meta-crisis. In this field course, students will learn and apply a breadth of skills and knowledge drawing from climate impacts, resilience theory, community mapping, terrestrial, aquatic, landscape ecology, hydrology, design thinking, and sustainability science. We will learn from community partners and indigenous elders in respectfully and contextually designing in “right relationship” with the Earth. Activities include: land-based learning of designing with ecologies, learning from micro- and mesocosms, understanding ways of knowing/experiencing/relating with natural, social, cultural, and spiritual capital, multi-scale local and externalized impacts from the backyard to the landscape.

For a full program description, see the Information Sheet.


  • Students must have second-year standing, no prerequsities required.
  • This field school consists of both classroom and outdoor field-based activities. At times this course may be physically demanding. Applicants must mention if they have any accessibility needs that may affect their ability to participate in these activities.
  • Must be a UVic student. Non-Geography students are invited to apply.

If you have any further questions, please email Kristian Dubrawski at .


This field school is comprised of one course worth 1.5 credits.  Successful applicants will be registered in the course through special registration by the Department of Geography (students will not register themselves).

1. Geog 491 A01 – Advanced Topics in Geography: Ecological Design for Climate Resilient Communities

Field School Fees

For field schools, students pay regular UVic tuition plus field school fees.

Fees can be paid by cheque, money order, counter cheque, or cash ONLY. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Victoria. Payment can be dropped off at the Geography main office (David Turpin Building, room B203) or mailed (cheques only).

Field school fees*:

  • $50 deposit paid at time of application, plus:
  • $100 paid upon acceptance

*All field school fees are subject to change between program offerings. 

Field school fees include:                   

  • Transportation outside of Victoria
  • Workshop fees
  • Knowledge holder fees

 Field school fees do not include:

  • Tuition
  • Transportation within Victoria
  • Lunches

Financial Support

This field school has been directly subsidized by the Faculty of Social Sciences Field School Support Fund. No application is necessary to receive this support, as it has already been built into the field school fees.