Tofino Mudflats Field Class. Photo: Dan Harrison.


Our field classes are designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the rich natural landscape of Clayoquot Sound. Designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Clayoquot Sound provides a unique opportunity to study the interconnections between the rich marine ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean and some of the largest tracts of old-growth coastal temperate rainforest in the world.  

Rooted in the Nuu-chah-nulth philosophy of Hishuk-ish-tsawalk (everything is connected/everything is one), our courses provide opportunities to study natural ecosystems from a holistsic perspective, and to engage with specific ecological components through hands-on, outdoor-based learning. Each course focuses on different aspects of the complex ecosystems of the region, from fungi to birds to wolves and more. 

Please see below for our upcoming courses.   

Birds of the West Coast


Birds of the West Coast
with instructor Barb Beasley, PhD
Tofino, BC

This weekend course (taught in Tofino, BC, in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO biosphere reserve) will introduce participants to the unique adaptations and ecology of West Coast birds. This three-day, field-based course will focus on: