Fall Field Course

Northern Exposure | Fall Field Course

The Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences fall field school is held in the Yukon Territory and Alaska every year during the fall reading break (mid-November). 'Northern Exposures’ joins students from northern and southern locations to explore the natural and cultural history of the Yukon/Alaska, and to learn and apply interdisciplinary approaches to environmental, social and economic challenges in these regions. Late fall conditions provide a lens for examining the relationships between northern environments and human societies, and identifying appropriate research and management approaches for northern systems.

This is a 3 credit course suitable for senior-level university students enrolled in natural and social science programs, including the Certificate on International Learning. The instructors include university faculty and college staff, personnel from territorial and First Nations governments, and representatives of other Yukon and Alaskan agencies. Seminars and field exercises will emphasize student-centered experiential learning, while benefiting from the wealth of local knowledge present in the area. Students will be based near Whitehorse for two days, Haines, AK for another two days and near Haines Junction/Kluane National Park for two days, with excursions to outlying communities and environments. The days will be long, and full participation is expected by all students.

Places are limited and will be filled on a first-come basis.  All participants must register in and pay tuition for University of Alberta RENR 465.  Additional course fees of $1500 for non-Yukon* students include return transportation from Edmonton to Whitehorse, local accommodation, coverage of meals, and transport for field excursions. Participants are responsible for personal outdoor equipment (appropriate fall/winter clothing and footwear).  Additional course fees of $1000 apply to Yukon students, for partial coverage of meals, accommodation, and transport for field excursions.

This course usually takes place during the Fall reading week, but due to Covid-19, this course is currently on hold for 2021 and may run differently. Please contact us if you would like to be on the waiting list.

For more details, feel free to look into the most recent syllabus: RENR 465 Northern Exposures_Fall 2021_Syllabus
Please keep in mind that the syllabus is likely to change from year to year.

For more information and registration, contact Gabriel Rivest (Coordinator) - rivest@ualberta.ca

*Non-Yukon students coming from locations outside of Edmonton will need to arrange their own transportation to Edmonton or to Whitehorse and may be subject to different fees accordingly.