Earth Expeditions

Kenya: Wildlife & People in Integrated Landscapes

Join conservationists, educators, community leaders, and youth to study sustainable approaches to human wildlife coexistence.

Course Details
Planned dates
in Kenya:

July 3-11, 2022

Plan to arrive at least one day before course begins and depart the day after course ends. Add 1-2 days travel time. Students arrive at least one day before the course begins. We strongly suggest allowing ample travel time en route to Nairobi.
On the Web: May – December
Credits: 7 graduate credits from Miami University; course can be applied to the Global Field Program.
Course Cost:* 2022 Field course (in-country + web): $3,225
(price includes tuition for 5 graduate credits and in-country costs) + airfare to Nairobi, Kenya + $1,000 additional course support costs

Fall project course (web, required): $790
(price includes tuition for 2 graduate credits)

Course Overview

The South Rift Valley of Kenya, stretching from the Maasai Mara National Reserve through Amboseli National Park, is one of the most spectacular wildlife areas on the planet. Earth Expeditions has partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the African Conservation Centre, and the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO) to advance community-based conservation in this dynamic landscape. This effort builds on the decades-long research of Dr. David Western, former head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and the centuries-long research of the Maasai pastoralists, who have long co-existed with wildlife in an open grassland ecosystem populated by elephants, lions, giraffes, zebra, wildebeests, and a remarkable diversity of other species. With the rise of nontraditional lifestyles, private ranches, and fenced lands that prevent needed wildlife migrations, communities of the South Rift have recognized the need to understand the impact of these changes and to work together for a better future.

Join Kenyan conservationists, educators, community leaders, and youth to study sustainable approaches to human-wildlife coexistence. Possible research projects may focus on high-impact species, such as lions or elephants; species groups (such as grazers); the role of the Maasai in the ecosystem; grassland diversity studies; conservation in parks and beyond; and participatory education and local knowledge.

Prior to and following the field experience in Kenya, students will complete coursework via Dragonfly Workshops’ Web-Based Learning Community as they apply experiences to their home institutions.

Course Options for Miami Students

Are you a current Miami University undergrad or grad student interested in participating? Check out our Miami Students page to learn more about program requirements.

*Note that costs shown above are for graduate students only. Course costs for undergraduate students are based on each student’s tuition rate. If you have questions regarding your tuition promise rate, please contact the Bursar.