Join us for an immersive, summer-long college course in the Alaska Wilderness.

June 22- August 9, 2019

Learn about the natural and human forces that come together to shape one of the most spectacular, unique, and wild landscapes in North America. Explore cutting-edge research questions in a remote field setting as you work, while earning semester’s worth of credits with our world-class faculty. Develop new skills, from collecting and analyzing field data on glaciers and alpine tundra organisms, to solar panel maintenance, gardening, and cooking at our sustainable off-grid campus, to backpacking through the wilderness of the largest national park in the United States. Our field studies program is a collaboration between the Wrangell Mountains Center and The Evergreen State College.


Rigorous Learning in a Spectacular Environment

In the fast-changing modern world, even the most remote landscapes are rapidly evolving, posing new challenges to researchers, natural resource managers, and residents. Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains are a “natural classroom,” and over the course of our summer semester course, students learn how ecology, geology, and human activity, policy, and climate change interact to produce the fast-changing landscape of the Wrangell Mountains, and beyond. Our inter-disciplinary curriculum will build the knowledge, critical-thinking, writing, and inquiry/research skills to tackle the important environmental questions of the future.


During the 7 weeks of the course, students will live and learn in a supportive, team-oriented environment, while exploring the amazing landscape of the Wrangell Mountains.

While in the front country (~3 weeks of the course), students will live and work at the Wrangell Mountains Center campus in McCarthy, Alaska, taking classes, studying, eating, and learning sustainable living skills such as gardening, cooking, and carpentry as part of the Wrangell Mountains Center community (which includes visiting researchers, artists, staff and faculty, and a variety of summer visitors).

While in the back-country (~4 weeks of the course), students will learn to travel through a remote, rugged, and beautiful landscape safely and efficiently, as well as how to conduct field-based research and natural history observations. For more information, follow the links below.


Are you a Field Studies Program alumni? Share great memories and re-connect with other field studies folks with our alumni Facebook Group!