Green River, Kentucky

This full year, half-course involves a one-week, field work intensive excursion to an unfamiliar location away from the Western University campus. Field work—real world, on-site observations, data collection, problem solving, team work, technical skills development and application—is at the core of geographical research: it is an essential educational experience.

All field camps stress the importance of preparation prior to departure, the practice of geography in the field, and the completion of one or more assignments in the field and after returning to Western.

Course educational, social and skills objectives

  • facilitate experiential learning
  • experience 'real', hands-on field research skills
  • encourage responsibility for independent learning
  • develop analytical, interpretative, observation and critical skills
  • practice technical skills in mapping, sampling and GIS
  • way finding in unknown environments
  • experience the initial process of creating new knowledge
  • identify real world problems and practical problem solving
  • practice organizational and time-management skills
  • practice reading, writing, presenting and creative thinking
  • develop a deeper respect for the complexities of the human/physical environment
  • develop personal and group skills
  • accomplish a unique set of challenges in an exceptional setting

Student testimonials

  • "Best course in university"
  • "I learned so much more than I would have in a classroom"
  • "Our field work expeditions were the highlight of my academic experience"

Field Trips Offered in Fall 2018

  • Geog 3000Y Field Methods and Practices - Montreal
  • Geog 3001F Community-based Methods and Practices - Walpole Island

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Mandatory Meetings Fall 2018

  • Geog 3000Y Tuesday September 11th, 12:30-1:30, SSC 2240
  • Geog 3000Y Tuesday October 16th, 12:30-1:30, SSC 2240
  • Geog 3000Y Tuesday November 6th, 12:30-1:30, SSC 2240
  • Geog 3001F Monday September 10th, 12:00-1:30, SSC 2322E aka Pleva

Tentative Departure/Return Dates for Fall 2018

  • Geog 3000Y, Montreal: Sunday, September 23rd - Friday, September 28th
  • Geog 3001F, Walpole Island: Sunday, September 16th - Friday, September 21st

Field Camp Sections for 2018

Course Destination Instructor Assistant Academic Focus
Geog 3000Y Montreal Dr. J. Hopkins TBA Urban Geography
Geog 30001F Walpole Island Dr. D. Moser TBA Human and Physical Geography

Please direct enquiries to Angelica Lucaci, the Undergraduate Program Advisor
Email: alucaci@ W88
Phone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 86052.