Mongolia: Course Details

Course Themes

  • Introduction to the ecology of Asian steppe ecosystems
  • Pallas’ cat ecology and conservation
  • Reintroduction of Przewalski’s horse (takhi)
  • Field method techniques
  • Inquiry-driven learning
  • Participatory education and civic media
  • Conservation storytelling
  • Community-based conservation

A typical Earth Expeditions day in Mongolia is likely to include:

  • Visits to field conservation sites
  • Lectures
  • Student-led discussions of key course topics
  • Engagement with local communities
  • Open inquiries
  • Journal writing


Central Mongolia is a vast, wild landscape of rolling green steppe and stony mountains, far reaching valleys, sturdy horses, short grass aromatic with sage, and hospitable nomads living in traditional round gers.

The Mongolian steppe is part of the Eurasian steppes, a vast belt of grassland extending from eastern Europe through western and central Asia to northeast Asia. A temperate biome, steppes are found in the central regions of continents, far from the sea.

Mongolia is an invigorating place to visit and, with the world’s lowest population density and enormous swathes of virgin landscape, one of the best wilderness destinations in Asia.

“The baying of sheep in the distance, the chirping of birds in their nests, the wind blowing gently…as I crest the hill, I hear the gallop of two horses as they come upon the top of the same hill — the valley is ringing, singing with life.”– Stephanie L, Lexington, KY

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

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