Field Courses | Field Projects International
 
Field Projects International hosts field courses at multiple field sites across the world, with a focus on wildlife biology and ecology. If you like the outdoors, and want to learn more about tropical rainforest research, look no further – you’re in the right spot.

 
 

Current Course Dates and Locations

Naturalist Track: Course Packages

  • NATURALIST TRACK - OPTION ONE
  • NATURALIST TRACK - OPTION TWO
  • NATURALIST TRACK - OPTION THREE
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED
  • WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
  • CANCELLATION POLICY

Take two field courses:

Life Under the Leaves: Field Herpetology

AND

Primate Health and Communication

Both courses together = $3780 (savings of $420)

Sign up now for a Tropical Biology Field Course Package
 
*Click on the links above to learn about each course.

Take two field courses:

Primate Health and Communication

AND

Tropical Ornithology

Both courses together = $3915 (savings of $435)

Sign up now for a Tropical Biology Field Course Package
 
*Click on the links above to learn about each course.

Take three field courses:

Life Under the Leaves: Field Herpetology

AND

Primate Health and Communication

PLUS

Tropical Ornithology

All three courses = $5482 (savings of $968)

Sign up now for a Tropical Biology Field Course Package
 
*Click on the links above to learn about each course.

  • Your stay in Puerto Maldonado on your first and last nights.
  • Round-trip travel to the field station from Puerto Maldonado (approximately 6 hours).
  • A bed in the field station’s bunkhouse.
  • Meals (plus snacks) while at the field station.
  • Experienced instructors and field equipment.

This course fees do NOT include:

  • Travel to and from Puerto Maldonado.
  • Travel or health insurance (proof of health insurance is required).
  • Rubber boots, binoculars, flashlight (all which are required to take this course).

  • $100 of your deposit made during registration is nonrefundable under any circumstances.
  • If you cancel on or before the registration deadline of April 17th, 2017, we will refund all course fees paid in full (except for the registration fee of $100).
  • If you cancel your reservation after the registration deadline, you will be refunded 40% of your course fee.
  • Course fees cannot be refunded for cancellations made after May 1st, 2017.
  • If we cancel this course due to mitigating reasons, a full refund of all fees paid, including the registration fee, will be made available to all participants.
  • Early departures from the field site are not entitled to a refund.


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Why Study Natural History?

Naturalists combine field skills and experience with a wide knowledge-base and a passion for science and wildlife. Such generalists in an age of specialization are themselves becoming endangered species, but without these students of natural history, we risk losing a vital component of the academic ecosystem. Naturalists observe and describe organisms, characterize their relationships to the environment, and embroil themselves in taxonomy and systematics. Their work has had enormous implications for management and innovation in such diverse fields as health, agriculture, and conservation.

It is amid mounting cries (1, 2) for a renewed respect and zeal for the study of natural history that we at FPI have developed our field biology courses. Our goal is to introduce students from every background to disciplines ranging from herpetology and primatology to ornithology and entomology. Participants learn field methods and techniques alongside lessons focused on physiology, ecology, and conservation issues.

These courses are intended not just for undergraduates pursuing careers in the biological sciences, but also anyone (over 18) from any background whose interest in plants and wildlife motivates them to join one of our rigorous educational programs. Much more than simply offering ecotourism experiences in the most bio-diverse regions of the planet, FPI aims to graduate competent and informed students with the tools to make a difference in whichever field they pursue.


 
 

Bring your Camera to Peru!

Learn photography techniques while exploring the flora and fauna of the Amazon, with special focus on DSLR camera trapping, macro photography, and night photography. Flexible dates available.

Learn More

Section II: The Registration Process

In order to register for a course, you must submit a course application and a down payment to hold your spot in the course. First peruse these eligibility requirements, options for taking courses for credit, and the registration timeline. If you have any questions, please explore our FAQ section or contact us using the form below. When ready, apply!

Eligibility

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the course.
  2. You must have medical insurance, and provide proof of such insurance to us to complete your registration.
  3. There are no citizenship requirements, but Peru and India require visas from citizens of some countries.
  4. You do not need any training in biology or primatology – our course is structured to accommodate people from a variety of backgrounds.

Course Credit

  1. Institution: Washington University in St. Louis’s University College
  2. Course Number: U69 3668
  3. Credits: 2 or 3
  4. Cost: $620 per undergraduate credit; $865 per graduate credit (separate from course costs)
  5. Deadline: differs per course, see each course for details
  6. PLEASE read our FAQs for detailed instructions on how to apply

How to Register

  1. Submit a course application along with the specified downpayment online (typically ~$400)
  2. Your spot will now be reserved in the course
  3. Receive a course packet and access to further information in a special section on this site
  4. Submit the final payment by the course deadline
  5. Submit travel, health and liability forms by the deadline

Why Take a Course?

100% Graduate Application Success Rate
92% of Learning Conducted Outside the Classroom
40% of all Revenue Directly Supports Habitat Conservation
20% of Class Size Made up by Instructors
30%

of Students Receive Scholarships

100%

of Students' Lives Changed