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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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Field courses

Our instructors immerse you in hands-on field experiences to understand Earth’s processes and develop your observational, spatial, and problem-solving skills.

Bay Area Landscapes and Tectonics

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GEOLSCI 42

A female student with a bright yellow backpack walks towards the class in a volcanic rock field in Hawaii

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.

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Sophomore College courses about Earth

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

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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

Stanford@Sea

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

Learn more at Explore Courses

A juvenile Minke whale surfaces as two students look overboard the Stanford@Sea ship
Two students help each other scoop chicken feed into a bucket on the O'Donohue Farm

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.

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