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  • Locations: Santa Cruz, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Biology, Ecology, Geography & Land Studies, Marine Biology Housing Options: Other
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
Team members will take part in exciting, on-site ecological investigations of the forested canyons, wilderness backcountry, and rugged coastal environments that form California’s famed Big Sur wildlands. Our summer field explorations will take us across a rich spectrum of dramatic habitat zones found in Big Sur’s protected Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve—4,000 acres of largely undisturbed wilderness that is home to a diverse flora and fauna ranging from kelp forest and sea otter habitats to high country grasslands hosting birds of prey.

In this living laboratory, hands-on instruction in field research techniques (including flora and fauna inventorying, behavior monitoring, and habitat sampling) will enable each of us to participate fully in key ecological studies investigating wildlife behavior, pristine streams, and the status of sea mammal populations—field studies aimed at bridging information gaps and furthering Big Sur’s long term ecological sustainability.