Field schools have included trips to:
Baylor in the Appalachias
This field school offered students the opportunity to learn a variety of field methods while using them to collect primary data. Field locations were primarily in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and in Red River Gorge, Kentucky.
Research topics included
In the 2004 trip to Appalachia, students spent the first two weeks in eastern Tennessee with a forest ecologist learning about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a variety of management issues. The last three weeks are spent in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, with an applied anthropologist, conducting research on recreationists, local residents, absentee landowners, and management personnel. There were also several recreational opportunities, including hiking, canoeing, some rafting, camping, and caving.
Baylor in Costa Rica
During the second summer session of 2004, the environmental studies department took a group of students to Costa Rica to participate in a hands-on learning opportunity in one of the most biologically diverse living laboratories in the world. The course focused on three major environmental issues facing today's global community:
Animal Enrichment Field School
Enrichment is a husbandry principle that enhances the quality of captive animal care. In this course, students spent 4 weeks working with animals at the Cameron Park Zoo, experimenting with:
Students chose the animals they want to work with and do original research. They worked with various species of animals at the Cameron Park Zoo, including elephants, gibbons, snakes, alligators, lions, tigers, giraffes, and many species of birds.
In addition to working at the zoo, several field trips were taken to other zoos and sanctuaries around Central Texas. Students also spent 5 days at South Padre Island, working with sea turtles.