Ecology in Action - Semester Program
Our interactive field-based programs incorporate hands-on, experiential learning opportunities and a focus on both practical skills and conceptual thinking.
EcoQuest gives students the chance to gain and develop transferable knowledge and skills to make a difference anywhere on the globe.
Directed research projects are comprehensive field-based studies that equip students with the knowledge and skills required to become effective, modern researchers. All research projects in which EcoQuest engages, have scientific and societal relevance. Projects enable students to make significant contributions to (often longitudinal) research, benefiting the environment, local communities, collaborators and partners.
Each week has a theme, and all learning opportunities are closely tied to these themes, and to the locations where the program is delivered.
The first week of each program is dedicated to orientation and induction procedures, team building exercises, and the introduction of the academic program. During the following weeks, students learn about the forces and influences (geological, cultural and political) that shaped New Zealand as we know it today and gain an understanding of topical resource management issues.
Place-based learning is used deliberately to support investigative learning. The interactive and interdisciplinary nature of the programs provide students with a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how planning, policy and science interact in real world settings.