Karst Geomorphology Field School

Karst landscapes (Photo by Noah Guengerich)

Karst landscapes (Photo by Noah Guengerich)

Update: The Department of Geography is currently intending to offer this field school program next in Summer 2023, and annually thereafter. Please stay tuned for any new information as it becomes available!

When and Where

2021 Field School: Aug 30th - Sept 5th (in-person) 

You must be available to travel and be on campus for the start of the class on August 30th, 2021, at 8:30 am. There will also be infrequent meetings through September and October, with final deliverables due in late November.

Places visited: Horne Lake Caves, Gordon River Caves, Looper Canyon (Vancouver Island, BC, Canada)

How to Apply

Apply in: Spring Term

Applications are now closed for the 2021 offering. Stay tuned for future offerings!

Contact  if you have any questions.

Program Overview

For a full program description, see the Information Sheet.

Karst refers to the landscapes and underground systems that form due to dissolution of soluble rocks via chemical weathering. This course has been designed to introduce students to the abundant karst landscapes on Vancouver Island. We will examine how karst forms, and the geomorphology, hydrology, geology, and biogeography of two specific karst landscapes in differing geologic units to compare formation processes.  We will also examine karst conservation topics, with the final deliverable being an environmental management plan for a local karst unit.

This class will be supported by members of the UVIC Caving Club.


  • Students must have second-year standing.
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed GEOG 276 (Introduction to Geomorphology).
  • This field school is primarily outdoors, and will 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.
  • Applications will be evaluated and accepted in the order in which they are received. Apply early.

If you have any further questions, please email Jill Krezoski 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 391 – Topics in Geography: Karst Geomorphology

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*:

  • $100 deposit paid at time of application, plus:
  • $300 paid upon acceptance (no later than August 16th 2021)

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

Field school fees include:                   

  • Accommodation (booked campsites) from August 30 – September 5, 2021
  • Group meals (Aug 31 – Sept 5)
  • Guided Horne Lake Cave Tour
  • UVic Caving Club equipment rental and guides
  • Transport to/from field site

 Field school fees do not include:

  • Tuition
  • Some excluded dinner/lunch meals while in transit (~4-5 meals; mostly A&W stops since they offer vegetarian options)
  • Other expenses such as any personal gear (e.g., tents, sleeping bags and mattress pads, day packs, light wet suits, etc.) required/recommended for the course (equipment list provided upon acceptance into field school)

Financial Support

The Faculty of Social Sciences is currently revamping their field school funding structure. More information coming soon!