Stanford University

Field Learning

Learning by doing

As we return to in-person teaching on campus, Stanford Earth will offer limited field learning opportunities during Autumn 2021. For ways in which Stanford Earth is exploring virtual field learning, please check out our Virtual Field Trips

Stanford Earth 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. Stanford Earth offers a quarter-long field course in social and biophysical systems 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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Want to know more about our Field Courses?

Contact Ryan Petterson, the Director of Field Education for Stanford EARTH, at


Field courses and resources.

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Learning by Doing in Alaska

A Sophomore College experience

Learning through fieldwork about Pacific coral reefs

A Bing Overseas Seminar experience


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 more.

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Learning on the Stanford Educational Farm

The educational farm is Stanford’s home for hands-on learning in sustainable agriculture.

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