University of Victoria Geography Clayoquot Field School - January 2018

This geography field school consists of six intensive, field-based courses for fourth year geography students and individuals with equivalent life experience, particularly those from Tla-o-qui-aht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, and Ahousaht Territories.




University of Victoria and Raincoast Education Society


1084 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino
Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens


The Clayoquot Sound Field School is a semester-long field school comprised of six intensive, experiential, field-based geography courses. All students will stay at the Tofino Botanical Garden Ecolodge and have access to a common kitchen and living area. Students are responsible for their meals and for transportation to and from Tofino.

Students will be registered in the following classes:

  1. Geog 453 - Field Studies in Coastal and Marine Resources: Community-engaged conservation. Instructor: Dan Harrison
  2. Geog 391 A05 - Coastal Planning. Instructor: Rosaline Canessa
  3. Geog 391 A03 - Coastal Meteorology. Instructor: Shannon Fargey
  4. Geog 339 - Disaster Management and Community Resilience. Instructor: Cam Owens
  5. Geog 487 - Advanced Landscape Ecology: Rainforest ecology and management. Instructor: Andy MacKinnon
  6. Geog 456 - Wildlife Conservation: Wildlife research in practice. Instructor: Chris Darimont



Students will have fourth-year university standing and meet the pre-requisites of the courses being offered, or request special permission from the department based on relevant life experience. For University of Victoria Geography student applicants, this is designed primarily as a capstone experience for senior students. Multiple positions in this field school will be allocated to interested students from Tla-o-qui-aht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, and Ahousaht Territories in which the field school experience occurs. This field school will involve outdoor activities that will at times be physically demanding, such as hiking over rough or steep terrain. Applicants must mention if they have any accessibility needs that may affect their ability to participate in these activities.

Course fee:

$6000 field school fee + tuition (approximately $3500). Applicants can apply for financial support. Three selected individuals from Tla-o-qui-aht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, and Ahousaht Territories will have their tuition and field course fees waived.

How to register:

This course is now full. Contact the Education Coordinator if you would like to be notified about the 2019 Field School or other opportunities.