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SFS Field Stations Abroad

We offer semester and summer programs at field stations in Australia, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Panama, Tanzania, and the Turks & Caicos Islands. Five of these facilities are SFS owned and operated (SFS Centers) but we are sometimes hosted by other research organizations at their field stations. Each Center is overseen by a director, three resident faculty members, a student affairs manager, and a host of support staff. We partner with the local communities in which we work to identify critical environmental issues and develop long-term research plans to address them. Under the guidance of our faculty, SFS students provide high-quality research results and recommendations that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and preserve ecological health.


  • The SFS Center for Andes-Amazon Studies

    Peru This program will be situated at a field station deep in the Peruvian Amazon in close proximity to rural communities. The station and surrounding areas support a wide variety of habitats including intact but disturbed rainforest, secondary forests, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and a highly diverse flora and fauna. Students will be housed in shared accommodations in a dormitory, with access to shared bathroom facilities. Infrastructure includes a classroom, lab, organic gardens, internet, and trails.
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  • The SFS Center for Mekong Studies

    Cambodia & Vietnam The primary site of this program will be in Siem Reap. Students will be housed in a guesthouse dedicated to the SFS program. Amenities include shared bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a common area where students can study and spend leisure time. Nearby attractions include the day and night markets, many historical temples as well as the famed Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • The SFS Center for Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies

    Panama

    SFS's research station in Bocas del Toro is located on Isla Solarte, a small island that is one mile to the east of Bocas del Toro town. Isla Solarte is approximately three miles long and less than a half mile across at its widest point. The island has a sandy beach with waves on the east and a sheltered area to the west that is home to expansive mangrove, seagrass, and reef habitats. Isla Solarte is also home to a small community of local Ngobe villagers, who make their living fishing the waters around the island.


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  • The SFS Center for Rainforest Studies

    Australia

    The SFS Center Rainforest Studies is located on a 153 acre former grazing farm adjacent to a World Heritage site, near the town of Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands. The Center has stands of primary and secondary rainforest, including an endangered ecosystem type, offering students a field laboratory and experimental site as part of their academic program. Sightings of tropical birds, bandicoots, pademelons, primitive musky rat kangaroo, amethystine pythons and other unique rainforest species are common.


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  • The SFS Center for Rainforest Studies

    New Zealand During the New Zealand portion of the Rainforest Management Studies program, student accommodations will be at the Kiwanis Lodge for the majority of the two-week stay in country. The Lodge is a historic seaside campsite located within a Regional Park, adjacent to Huia Bay and the Waitakere Ranges, and a 45-minute drive from downtown Auckland.




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  • The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies

    Kenya

    Kilimanjaro Bush Camp is located southeast of Nairobi on 25 acres of fenced land at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, bordering a permanent river fed by natural springs. The camp is nestled within a lush zone of yellow acacia trees with clear undergrowth giving a perfect view of the magnificent vegetation mosaic. Please read our statement about changes that we have made to the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Wildlife Management Studies program here.


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  • The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies

    Tanzania

    The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies operates from Moyo Hill Camp in Tanzania. “Moyo Hill” is a short drive from Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. This wonderfully scenic area, world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history and wildlife, is perched on an escarpment overlooking the Rift valley and the Ngorongoro Hills, with plenty of hiking trails to enjoy.


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  • Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment

    Bhutan The SFS Bhutan program is based in the district of Bumthang at Lamey Goempa, a former palace and monastery, built in the 1800s, for King Ugyen Wangchuck, the first monarch of a united Bhutan. The facility is now an international research and training center, the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE). The Institute rests on a hillside at 9,500 feet above sea level, above the town of Jakar at the foot of the Chokhor valley, surrounded by evergreen forests, offering students a field laboratory and experimental site as part of their academic program.
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  • The SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies

    Costa Rica

    The SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies sits on a hillside with spectacular views overlooking the Rio Grande River in the fertile Central Valley. The field station includes a large house, an outdoor classroom, a moderately sized organic garden, a patio and pool, as well as banana, mango, and orange groves, a chicken coop, and untouched forest areas with trails. The field station is part of the small neighborhood of La Presa/Los Angeles. The friendly town of Atenas is a short walk from the field station while Costa Rica's tropical forests, beaches, mountains and volcanoes are within a day's travel.


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  • The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies

    Turks and Caicos Islands

    The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies, located just steps from our crystal clear ocean laboratory, is adjacent to Cockburn Harbour, a town of about 1,100 residents. The field station sits on elevated land about 40 feet above the water and looks directly out over the sea. Within a three-mile radius are coral reefs, mangrove islands, sea grass beds, carbonate platform flats and deep water diving.


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  • SFS Headquarters

    Beverly, Massachusetts

    The School for Field Studies (SFS) headquarters is located on Massachusetts’ North Shore in Beverly.

     

     


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