The Raincoast Institute offers high-quality continuing education courses that inspire adults and young adults to connect with natural ecosystems.

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 holistic 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.