Bogotá—Montes Clarosalt: 2200-2400m, 10-20°C
Montes Claros—Río Claroalt:1 790-2400m, 10-28°C
Río Claroalt: 1790m, 18-30°C
Medellínalt: 1495m, 16-28°C
Workshop with local experts
Visit local ecosystems, projects, and study sites
Excursions to nearby landscapes, towns, sites, and areas of environmental transition
FieldworkUrban studio Classroom work
August 7th, Feria de las Flores
August 11, Program conclusionDeparture from Medellín
The curriculum will begin with classroom instruction and theoretical lectures on a range of topics related to the site and its broader context, and will begin to understand how the site is positioned within its larger biogeographical, ecological, socio-economic, and political context. Theoretical discussion will be supported by applied case studies.
Participants will then go into the field to be guided through a rigorous methodology of observing and recording the specific site conditions at the Field Stations site, focused on the natural and social systems such as hydrology, ecology, geology, management, and agro-economy. For each focused site-based module, participants will be guided through exercises aimed at mapping and measuring the systems of interest, with field observations becoming the basis for further synthesis in the classroom.
Students will each work with individual facilitators to shape and develop a project that tackles some of the issues observed in the first half of the program, with each participant being supported in their individual research, design, and project development. Students will be in contact with stakeholders and local partners throughout the project development, applying their new understanding of site issues to an immediately relevant design agenda.
Sleeping accommodations will be provided for all participants over the course of the workshop. Rooms and facilities will be shared (typically two people) may be open-air. Participants should be prepared for living in a tropical climate.
The workshop program will run full days. There will be lectures and fieldwork everyday. Breaks will be scheduled to allow for personal time. Site visits may include walking and hiking through rough terrain. Participants should be prepared for extensive walking, moderate hiking and being outside in all types of weather. Field Stations does not provide any equipment such as laptops and cameras.
Throughout the workshop, Field Stations will arrange all workshop related local transportation. Some locations will offer public transportation or private car service for personal excursions.
Meals will also be provided for all participants. We will do our best to accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions, however, the local cuisine and the availability of ingredients may be limited. Participants should familiarise themselves with the area's cuisine and contact us with any specific concerns.