Field-Stations is an immersive educational workshop at ecologically-critical places facing rapid change. The 2019 program was based in Bogotá, la Zona Cafetera ("The Coffee Region") and Medellín, offering opportunities to learn about the role of social and ecological systems within a variety of ecosystems, scales and political landscapes in Colombia.
We invite interested candidates from all disciplines and cultural backgrounds to join us this summer. Participants will gain new perspectives and research experience, adapting knowledge of natural systems to our evolving environment while learning basic principles of sustainability.
The integrative studies program places an emphasis on systems, connectedness, interactions, and emerging ideas about nature and life, and builds on the proposition that we (humans) are fully a part of nature, that the human species and all its many expressions are an integral part of the natural order. Understanding this degree of connectedness is critical to successfully resolving challenging environmental and social issues in our rapidly changing world.
The workshop seeks to cultivate a greater understanding and appreciation of the complex inter-relatedness of natural and cultural systems through intense on-site immersion. This field-anchored approach is core to the model of place-based learning. The program studies the natural world from the perspective of multiple science-based disciplines, using experimentation, data collection, drawing, photography, digital visualisation, cultural studies, historical records and exchanges with the community to address the transformation of landscapes at a local, regional and global scale.
The Wright-Ingraham Institute, founded by Elizabeth Wright-Ingraham in 1970, was established “to promote, direct, encourage, and develop opportunities contributing to the conservation, preservation, and wise use of human and natural resources.” The Institute’s mission was in part intended to address what the founders saw as a critical need for more effective integration of design and planning education with environmental studies. The Field-Stations program builds on those original Wright-Ingraham Institute educational models.
The Wright-Ingraham Institute is a private, non-profit education and research institution established to promote, direct, encourage, and develop opportunities contributing to the conservation, preservation, and wise use of human and natural resources.