Travel/Study Courses

The 2016 Travel/Study dates are subject to change.
Please check back often for updates.


Banff, Alberta
GEOG 4350 Parks and Protected Areas Planning and Management:  Field Studies

The course is taught in two segments, an on-campus workshop (TBA) and field study (TBA).  The on-campus workshop will examine the historical development of the concept of parks and protected areas, the role of interpretation, management and research in the parks, and emerging issues in the management of parks and protected areas. The field study will focus on management issues as they relate to Banff National Park. There will be opportunities for students to investigate specific management issues of interest and present these in a seminar, on site.  

Students should be aware that this is a field course and therefore, a reasonable level of fitness is required.  Students are required to attend a two-day workshop.  

Travel Fee TBA (subject to change) which includes transportation within Banff National Park, park pass, gondola, guided research walk and related travel/study costs. Transportation costs to and from Banff, food, personal expenses, camp site fees, health and trip cancellation insurance, as well as University of Manitoba tuition, are not included. Students are required to bring their own camping equipment and are expected to be prepared for the rigours of outdoor living. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and must be in Banff in accordance with the published course dates and in Winnipeg for on-campus workshops.

All students must have approval of the instructor (written consent of the department head as required). Students are required to be in Banff for the start of the course.

For more information contact: 
Dr. Michael Campbell
e-mail: michael.campbell@ad.umanitoba.ca


Churchill, MB
Churchill and the Manitoba Coastal Region

ENVR 3010 Ecotourism and the Environment (1.5 credit hours) AND
ENVR 4010 Research Project in Churchill Ethnoecology (1.5 credit hours)  PLUS
ENVR 4020 Wildlife and Ethnoecology of the Manitoba Coastal Region (3 credit hours)
OR
GEOG 3750 Wildlife and Ethnoecology of the Manitoba Coastal Region 1 (3 credit hours) AND
GEOG 3750 Wildlife and Ethnoecology of the Manitoba Coastal Region 2 (3 credit hours)

The Churchill travel/study program is an intensive introduction to the ecology and cultures of the sub-arctic.  Students will participate as members of an interdisciplinary research team with direct access to the unique historical, cultural, and ecological setting of coastal Manitoba. The Churchill Northern Studies Centre (churchillscience.ca), near Churchill and Nester 1 field camp in Wapusk National Park, will provide the infrastructure from which students live and work during the course, with logistical support provided by Manitoba Conservation and Parks Canada.

Through a consideration of humans as part of the ecosystem, topics including vegetation dynamics, protected areas, and ecotourism will be discussed in relation to species such as the polar bear, beluga whale, caribou, fox, and Canada goose. We also consider the ways in which environmental change is influencing human health and well-being.  Representatives from the region’s indigenous cultures contribute to the course content. Students will be given the opportunity to focus part of the course requirements on their discipline and personal interests.

Travel fee TBA (subject to change) which includes accommodation, most meals, field excursions, and cultural presentations. Transportation costs to and from Churchill, health and trip cancellation insurance, personal expenses, as well as University of Manitoba tuition, are not included.

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and are required to arrive in Churchill.

All students must have approval of the instructor. Students must register in 6 credit hours (written consent of the department head is required).

For more information contact:
Kristina Hunter
e-mail: hunterkn@ms.umanitoba.ca


Clearwater MB
Living Rural Communities and Environments

Students are required to register for:
ENVR 4020 Living Rural Communities and Environments 1 (3 credit hours) AND
ENVR 4020 Living Rural Communities and Environments 2 (3 credit hours) OR
GEOG 3740 Living Rural Communities and Environments (6 credit hours)
for a total of 6 credit hours.

Rural communities are experiencing extreme adversity. Communities such as Clearwater, a 100-person community located in southwestern Manitoba, are in the process of reinventing themselves.  Clearwater, along with the Harvest Moon Society, has developed the closed primary school as a learning center and a site for small business, and has turned a local farm into a location for environmental education.
 
The course takes place in Clearwater, Manitoba, where students will visit farms and meet with community leaders.  Students will explore the relationship among farm operations, rural culture, and the environment. Conducted over a two-week period, the course will combine lectures and farm visits with course projects. For a first-hand look at the travel/study course to Clearwater, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAt660KhX34
 


Travel Fee TBA (subject to change), which includes farm visits, workshops, facility use and supplies.  Food, lodging, local transportation,  personal expenses, health insurance, as well as University of Manitoba tuition are not included. Students are required to bring their own camping equipment. Students are responsible for arranging their travel to and from Clearwater, Manitoba in accordance with the published course dates.

All students must have approval of the instructor.  Students must register in 6 credit hours (written consent of department head is required). Due to popularity of the course, you are encouraged to register early.

For more information contact: 
Dr. Stephane McLachlan
e-mail: mclachla@cc.umanitoba.ca