Winter Hawaiian Field Studies

​​​Step out of the classroom and into the field by enrolling in our Hawaii field studies program this winter!

We begin our study of the biology of Hawaii with pre-trip classes at the North Lake Campus, followed by 11 days in Hawaii. In Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, students will work in tropical rainforest and tropical costal deserts, explore coral reefs and hike through the mountains. Two class days on campus wrap up the experience.

About the winter semester program

This program has evolved over 30 years and reflects our experience guiding hundreds of students through the awe-inspiring biodiversity of Hawaii. Many students can use the Biological Field Studies credits to meet laboratory science or major requirements.

While in Hawaii we will work with experts from the University of Hawaii, the state of Hawaii, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Tropical Botanical Garden the Makauwahi Cave Reserve and Kauai Community College. These experts and scientists provide unique learning opportunities through their real-life experiences in Hawaii and other locations.

Students are actively engaged by collecting and interpreting data on various biological and conservation problems at several field locations. Student data is added to a growing database being developed from year to year by our students as well as data collected by other field studies groups and students from Kauai Community College. These data sets will allow our students to better understand and interpret factors that impact natural communities and basic biological phenomena.

For more information about this program, contact Mike Huddleston. Students can reserve a place in the program with a $400 deposit.

Reservations are available now, but formal registration and enrollment begin in November.

Class Schedule

  • Biology 1411 - General Botany
    and either
  • Biology 2406 - Environmental Biology
  • Biology 1407 - Biology for Science Majors II

Dates and Program Cost

Pre-trip classes start in December. Travel is in early January.​

Student trip assessment: $950
Tuition: $472
Estimated airfare: $930
Estimated total cost: $2,350 plus the cost of meals in Hawaii

These projected expenses are approximate and are based on a class of 18 students.

Contact Us

Want to learn more or receive the full class schedule? Don't hesitate to call or email us! We are happy to help you work out a payment plan.

Mike Huddleston

  • Director of the Biological Field Studies Program

North Lake Math & Science Division

  • 972-273-3500