Earth Expeditions

Australia: Course Details

Course Themes

  • Coral reef ecology
  • Conservation of marine and coastal systems
  • Design of public research exhibits
  • Inquiry-driven learning
  • Community-based conservation and participatory education

A typical day in Queensland, Australia is likely to include:

  • Study at field conservation sites
  • Lectures
  • Student-led discussions of key course topics
  • Engagement with local communities
  • Hikes
  • Open inquiries
  • SCUBA or snorkel experiences
  • Journal writing

Queensland, Australia

The state of Queensland, nicknamed “The Sunshine State,” is located on the northeast coast of Australia. Covering an area three times the size of Texas, Queensland is home to tropical rain forest, mountains, white sandy beaches, islands, and the incomparable Great Barrier Reef.

Course Cost

Field course (in-country + web): $2,700 (price includes tuition for 5 graduate credits and in-country costs) + airfare to Townsville, Australia + $500 in additional course support costs.

Fall project course (web, required): $600 (price includes tuition for 2 graduate credits)

Snorkel included; SCUBA certification is not required for this course. Accepted students who opt to participate in SCUBA during the course will need to complete SCUBA certification at their own expense before the course starts. SCUBA equipment rental during the course at your own expense.

Dragonfly Workshops Web-Based Learning Community

Upon acceptance into the program, students will join instructors and classmates in DragonflyWorkshops’ collaborative Web community to complete pre-trip assignments. After returning home, students will continue to work in their Web-based community through early December to develop projects initiated in the field, discuss assignments, and exchange ideas. All students should expect to spend two to three hours a week contributing to their Web-Based Learning Community from their home or school computer. Navigating the Web platform is easy–it’s designed for people with no prior computer experience. To learn more about this unique Web experience, visit

More Information

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