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Field Learning

Stanford EARTH Field Education Website

For more information about field programs at Stanford EARTH, including resource documents, virtual field trips, and more, please check out the Field Education Page. 

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Learning by doing

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.

Field Courses

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

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


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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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