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Study Abroad in Ecuador this summer.


June 22 - July 2, 2019

This is a summer 2019 course.  Travel dates are June 22 – July 2, 2019.  In addition, classes will be held on UR campus before and after travel to Ecuador.

Teaching Science in the Field: Galapagos focuses on developing an understanding of the nature of science, including an understanding of science as a human endeavor, the nature of scientific knowledge, and a historical perspective of science through place-based inquiry and observation, while emphasizing the ability to integrate domains of science (including environmental science) with each other and with other areas of the curriculum. Keeping a field notebook, writing, sketching, and reading related literature will be integral components of the course.

After arriving in Quito, we will travel to the Galapagos, where over the course of a week we will spend our time outdoors as we explore the rich environment. We start by visiting a Breeding center for Giant tortoises, hike wetlands looking for a variety of birds, kayak through the bay looking for penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea lions, snorkel nearby with a good chance to see some rays, white-tipped sharks and sea turtles. And that’s just the first day! Class sessions will be held while in the field. The first two nights in the Galapagos we will stay in a hotel, but the remaining nights our accommodations will be a camp lodging. We will visit the Charles Darwin Foundation, take catamaran day trips to Bartolome Island and the Plaza Islands. We will focus not only on the flora and fauna, but the geology that makes the region unique.

Upon our return to Quito we will have a day to visit the Equator and the IntiNan museum that is on the actual equator line. We will also visit the old center of Quito, several churches, as well as an Ecuadorian chocolate shop to learn how cacao is processed and how chocolates are made.

This course will have several meetings between May and June, as well as readings, assignments, and collaborative activities to prepare for the travel component of the course.  


EDUC 398/598 Teaching Science in the Field

This course will be equivilant to 1 undergraduate unit or 3 SPCS graduate credits. 


$5,650 (approximate)

Cost includes airfare but is subject to change without notice as a result of fluctuations in currency values and other factors. 

What's Included? 

  • Round trip air fare from the U.S. and routrip flight to Galapagos
  • Tuition for one course
  • Most meals
  • 10 nights lodging (5 nights in hotels, 5 nights camping) 
  • Excursions, including local guide and naturalist. 

The Deadline for this program has been extended to Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Please use the form below to request an application.
  • Patricia Stohr-Hunt, Faculty Leader

    Assistant Professor of Education

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Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

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