The School for Field Studies
The School for Field Studies (SFS) is the country’s oldest and largest educational institution exclusively dedicated to training and engaging students in international environmental problem solving. Since its founding in 1980, over 10,000 college and high school students have conducted hands-on, community-focused environmental fieldwork in SFS programs around the world.
SFS offers fall and spring accredited semester programs and 30-day summer courses at their field study centers in Turks & Caicos Islands, Australia, British Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Kenya. Each center addresses critical local environmental issues while giving students the opportunity for hands-on field experience, cross-cultural learning, environmental knowledge, and personal growth. The ultimate goal of each SFS program is to enable students to come away from their experience with an understanding of the complexity and inter-relatedness of environmental issues, as well as the skills and commitment to help improve the environment and the lives of people dependent on that environment.
Every SFS Center is staffed with a Center Director and two to three full-time resident faculty (usually an ecologist, a resource manager and an ecological economist). These men and women are committed educators, with over 20 years of experience in the subjects and ecosystems they teach. They are selected based on their teaching and research qualifications, along with their leadership skills and commitment to interdisciplinary, community-based field research.
sitesALIVE! partnered with The School for Field Studies for our Rainforest Live, Oceans Live!, Wetlands & Fisheries Live! and Costa Rica Live! programs.