Australia & New Zealand: Sustainability & Conservation
Australia & New Zealand
Summer Session I, 2020 (May 28-June 25)
This program is a 3.5-week field experience in New Zealand (North Island) and northeast Queensland, Australia (the Outback, Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef). By participating in hands-on service learning projects, we will learn about sustainability, ecological restoration and resource conservation in New Zealand’s North Island and Australia’s tropical northeast region. Students will learn through classroom lectures & field trips, and then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term ecological research & conservation projects. Educational experiences include:
- Understanding the impacts of human actions on natural systems, and human responses to those changes, using case studies in New Zealand’s North Island & Australia’s northeast Queensland.
- Understanding New Zealand’s & Australia’s natural history, biogeography, ecological diversity, and related social / cultural contexts by visiting national parks and World Heritage areas.
- Gaining hands-on experience with conservation and ecological restoration by participating in service-learning projects. Learn about forest ecosystem conservation, watershed management, riparian zone re-vegetation, estuarine ecosystem management, endangered species monitoring and management, tropical forest ecology, and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park management.
- Learning about indigenous world views, conservation practices, culture and history by interacting with New Zealand Maori and Australian aboriginal communities.
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