ENV 4910 Environmental Studies Field Research (3 units)
Dates: In 2021, Environmental Field Studies should run September 2-7.
Set in the Georgian Bay area, this 4th year field camp is addressed to students with strongest interest in environmental studies. This six day field course focuses on environmental change and its implications for Parks and Protected Areas management. This course is reserved for students registered in the Honours with specialization or Major in Environmental Studies.
Students enrolled in a major or honours bachelor's degree must take GEG/ENV 2918 as well as one of our national or international course. Students in environmental studies must, for their part, take GEG/ENV2918 and ENV4910. All students may, if they wish, take several national or international courses.
Prerequisite: ENV2918. Reserved for students registered in the Honours with specialization or Major in Environmental Studies.
The field portion of the course will take place in Georgian Bay Islands National Park which consists of 63 small islands or parts of islands in Georgian Bay, near Port Severn, Ontario. The park is 13.5 km2. We will be staying on the largest island of the National Park – Beausoleil Island. The region is famous for its island chains, exposed rocks and wind swept pine trees of the Canadian shield. The park can only be reached by boat. We will be transported to the island from the Honey Harbour Boat Club Marina.
What will I do?
While on the field course you will take part in a variety of classroom and experiential activities including a day hike down to Cedar Springs and a visit with Parks Canada employees. You will also have the chance to participate in optional activities such as camp fires, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming.
What will I learn?
In this field-based course, we will take an in-depth look at; 1) the role parks and protected areas play in mitigating climate change, and 2) the implications that climate change pose for protected areas and their management. We will explore the concepts of mitigation, adaptation, policy, and governance in the context of parks and protected areas in Canada. We will engage in experiential learning and have the opportunity to discuss these challenges with several stakeholders of Georgian Bay Islands National Park.
Where will I stay?
Accommodations are at the YMCA-YWCA Camp Queen Elisabeth located on beautiful Beausoleil Island. You will be staying in rustic cabins in bunk beds with several other classmates. Washrooms with flushing toilets and washstands are located nearby the cabins. There is also a dining hall where all meals will be served. Because the camp is located within a National Park, camping in tents or sleeping anywhere outside the established cabins is not permitted.