Australia: Human Impacts on the Natural Environment - Information Session
This 3.5-week experiential program uses the theme of sustainable development to explore the relationship between people and their natural environment. North Queensland boasts some of the most diverse and remarkable natural resources in the southern hemisphere. Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland is home to lush green rainforests, the remote Outback, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.
Students spend about 70% of their time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines and islands of North Queensland under the guidance of knowledgeable field professionals. We spend the first week on Magnetic Island, just offshore from the city of Townsville, with lectures by experts from prestigious institutions such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, University of Queensland, James Cook University and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. This is followed by a 2.5-week field study of North Queensland. A typical itinerary includes snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking and wildlife viewing in the rainforest, kayaking, experiencing Aboriginal culture and camping in the Outback.
This program is open to students of all majors and ranks.