This is a 25-day field course in New Zealand 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  and Australia's tropical northeast region. Students will learn through classroom lectures & field work and then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term ecological research & conservation projects. Educational experiences include:

  1. Understand 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;
  2. Understand New Zealand’s & Australia’s natural history, biogeography, ecological diversity, and related social / cultural contexts by visiting national parks and World Heritage areas;
  3. Gaining hands-on experience with conservation and ecological restoration by participating in service-learning projects;
  4. Learn about forest ecosystem conservation, watershed management, riparian zone re-vegetation, estuarine ecosystem management, endangered species management, tropical forest ecology, and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park management;
  5. Learn about indigenous world views, conservation practices, culture and history by interacting with New Zealand Māori and Australian aboriginal communities;
  6. Address relationships between human societies and their natural environments from multiple disciplinary perspectives and develop a multi-faceted and holistic view of human – environment connections that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries;
  7. Develop scientific writing and collaborative teamwork skills through field-based data collection, analysis, write-up and presentation.

Course number (CRN)–name
BIOL 3954 (60254)–Study Abroad: Aust/N. Zealand

Travel dates
June 01, 2017 – June 29, 2017


Application deadline (Check with the program contact for possible deadline extensions)
February 15, 2017 (Rolling Admission)

Program fee
$4,695 (Does not include VT tuition or flights)

Payment deadline

Program contact
Dr. Lori Blanc