Wilderness Field Semesters and Global Field Studies at Sterling College

  • “I cannot stress enough how much of a formative experience the California Field Semester was for me. A gift of self discovery, my time within the program nurtured me to grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. In the backcountry, I learned resilience. There are always unanticipated challenges, and I have the opportunity to challenge myself constantly if I so choose.”

  • “I wouldn’t have gone to college if it weren’t for Sterling. I thought college was a sham. But here you can do your own thing and take as much initiative as you want. If you put your time in and give it a whirl, you can have an amazing experience. The people who do are top in their field where they work.”

    Dan Pittenger ’10

    B.A. Conservation Biology. Pittenger went on to earna master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Science from Central Washington University. He works as a wetland ecologist in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • “My love of hard labor and taught me to see the world with an ecologist’s eye and a naturalist’s heart.”

    color photo of man casting a fishing pole on a beautiful summer day

    Ben Matthews ’09

    B.A. Ecology. Matthew is a fish biologist for Trout Unlimited

  • “In order to be stewards of the land, we need to understand our historical and current relationships to the natural world and each other. Sterling College courses and our community provide us with opportunities to explore these relationships, uncover the complexities of our natural world and society, and discuss the many environmental issues that we face today.”

    Farley Brown

    Farley Brown '85

    Faculty in Ecology

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Mountains & Mesas Program 2014

Where in the world do profusions of alpine wildflowers, wide open skyline ridges, afternoon hailstorms, orange sandstone cliff formations, thousand year-old ancient masonry villages and ten thousand year old obsidian…

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Into the High Country

On the last day of August eight students and two instructors converged at the baggage claim area in the Reno-Tahoe airport.  We were about to begin the trip of a…

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Southwest Field Semester: Global Field Studies

Sterling College is grateful for the support The Endeavor Foundation provided to advance the development of our Global Field Studies program. The first year of funding, in fiscal year 2016,…

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