The Rubenstein School consistently looks beyond the campus to the state of Vermont, the nation, and the world. The School has long encouraged intensive field courses and study abroad for students and provides many opportunities for students to learn outside the campus and thoughout Vermont, the United States, and internationally.
During January and March breaks and summer sessions, many students take intensive Rubenstein School travel courses throughout the United States and all over the world to study a variety of environmental issues. Faculty have led courses to the Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Florida, Ireland, Israel, Tanzania, Texas....
Costa Rica - Courses during winter and spring breaks explore community-based sustainable development in Costa Rican communities, given the rise of nature based travel to this destination, and engage students in service-learning projects in remote communities. Students travel to Osa Peninsula, one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet and home to Corcovado National Park.
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"I'm trying to get students to look in a way that they've never looked before — to see much more than a tourist ever will." — Associate Professor Walt Kuentzel, co-instructor
Texas - During spring break, students spend 10 days traveling, camping, and experiencing the major ecosystems and associated wildlife of south Texas, including the Gulf coast, coastal prairies, lower Rio Grande Valley, and the Chihuahuan desert.
"We saw many species of wildlife, including over 180 species of birds alone. It was an amazing educational experience and helped me to solidify my belonging in the wildlife field."
— Spring 2013 course participant
Ecuador - A winter break course provides hands-on exploration of the unique biodiversity found in the tropical Andes and the Galapagos Islands. Students contemplate ideas of how this great diversity came to be and learn about current conservation efforts. In a spring break course, students learn from the incredible social dynamism of Ecuador through volunteer work, community home-stays, and talks with political activists, students, campesino and indigenous organizations, and rural agrarian people who are the backbone of Ecuadorian and global society.
Florida - During spring recess, students travel to Florida to study its major ecosystems and associated wildlife, ranging from north Florida flatwoods to south Florida Everglades.
"My goal is to have students experience as many ecosystems as possible that are far different from those we find in Vermont."
— Associate Professor Allan Strong, instructor