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Learning by doing

Our researchers and students conduct research or engage in field learning on all seven continents and oceans. Any Stanford student may join a variety of programs, from two-day coastal geology Field Courses to multi-week Sophomore College field studies and Bing Overseas Seminars. We also offer a quarter-long field course in social and biophysical systems in Hawaii.

Field Education website

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For more information about field programs, including resource documents, virtual field trips, and more, please check out the field education page.

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Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii

A quarter-long course for students interested in Earth systems, biology, geological sciences, and cultural anthropology. The 2022 program application will open in Winter 2022.

Learn more about the program

Want to know more about our field education?

Ryan Petterson

Contact Ryan Petterson, Director of Field Education

Sophomore College courses about Earth

A two-unit, three-week immersive summer seminar for academic exploration in a variety of locations.

Learn more about Sophomore College

Learn by Doing in Alaska

Bing Overseas Seminars
about Earth

Learn about the Earth while studying abroad and earning Stanford credit through the Bing Overseas Seminar Program (BOSP).

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Ecology and Management of Coral Reefs of Palau

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Learning through fieldwork about Pacific coral reefs


A 10-week investigative science and policy course examining the impacts of human actions on ocean ecosystems. Contact Professor Rob Dunbar at for more information about the program. Read about Stanford@Sea

Learn more at Explore Courses

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Learning on Stanford's educational farm

The O'Donohue Family Educational Farm is Stanford’s home for hands-on learning in sustainable agriculture.

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Going into the field?

Resources for a well-equipped and safe field experience. Learn more about policies, travel registry, safety, equipment, travel guides and resources. 

See all field resources (SUNETid required)