August 8 - 18, 2012
Pre-trip sessions, TBA
Students must register for an approved 6 credit-hour combination of the following courses:
Environment and Geography
ENVR 3010 T60 Ecotourism and the Environment (1.5 credit hours) AND ENVR 4010 T60 Research Project in Churchill Ethnoecology (1.5 credit hours) PLUS
ENVR 4020 T60 Wildlife and Ethnoecology of the Manitoba Coastal Region (3 credit hours)
GEOG 3750 T60 Wildlife and Ethnoecology of the Manitoba Coastal Region 1 (3 credit hours) AND
GEOG 3750 T61 Wildlife and Ethnoecology of the Manitoba Coastal Region 2 (3 credit hours)
3 credit hours from Biological Sciences and 3 credit hours selected from any courses listed above.
BIOL 4800 T60 Wildlife Project (3 credit hours)
BIOL 4800 T61 Churchill Project (3 credit hours)
The Churchill travel/study program is an intensive introduction to the ecology and cultures of the sub-arctic. Students will participate as members of an interdisciplinary research team with direct access to the unique historical, cultural, and ecological setting of coastal Manitoba. The Churchill Northern Studies Centre (churchillscience.ca), near Churchill, and Nester 1 field camp in Wapusk National Park will provide the infrastructure from which students live and work during the course, with logistical support provided by Manitoba Conservation and Parks Canada.
Through a consideration of humans as part of the ecosystem, topics including vegetation dynamics, protected areas, and ecotourism will be discussed in relation to species such as the polar bear, beluga whale, caribou, fox, and Canada goose. We also consider the ways in which environmental change is influencing human health and well-being. Representatives from the region’s indigenous cultures contribute to the course content. Students will be given the opportunity to focus part of the course requirements on their discipline and personal interests.
Travel fee is $1,600.00 CAD (subject to change) which includes accommodation, most meals, field excursions, and cultural presentations. Transportation costs to and from Churchill, health and trip cancellation insurance, personal expenses, as well as University of Manitoba tuition, are not included.
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and are required to arrive in Churchill no later than 8:00 a.m. on
Travel fees may be paid by cheque (payable to The University of Manitoba), VISA, MasterCard, or in cash.
A $200.00 non-refundable deposit is due May 30, 2012 Course viability will be determined on June 1, therefore students interested in participating must have paid a deposit by this date.
A second payment of $1,400.00 Cdn, is due July 13, 2012, ($1,600.00 if previous payment not made).
All students must have approval of the instructor. Students must register in 6 credit hours (written consent of the department head is required).
In order to participate in a Travel/Study course, all students must sign an Acknowledgment of Responsibility and Liability Waiver that outlines risk and shared responsibility associated with travel/study.
For more information contact:
Kristina Hunter, Department of Environment & Geography (204)474-6461
or Ryan Brook, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or for information on admission, registration and fee payment contact: Karen Nickerson, Summer Session, (204)474-8330