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.

  • Sterling College reinforced 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, a cold-water fisheries conservation organization.

  • “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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Israel Field Studies

Senior Bruria Mille designed a three-week field course in Israel as part of her Senior Applied Research Project which focuses on ecotourism design. She, six other Sterling students, and faculty…

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Field Semester: Deserts of the Southwest

DESERT MOUNTAINS, SECRET CANYONS, CACTUS FLOWERS, ANCIENT PEOPLES This is the trip of a lifetime to some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. Take your Sterling education afield for…

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Amyah Cazares: Springs into action

Amyah Cazares Traveler, foodie, fashion enthusiast   The cozy couches of the Behrend Admissions Center offered the perfect interview setting for Amyah’s laid back, design-oriented personality.  Chatting with her is…

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