Field Trips

Ecology field trips are the IMG_0555cornerstone through which SEEDS will serve freshman and sophomore students who are new to ecology and keen on understanding more. Students spend four to seven days at an ecologically significant site, such as a field station, research laboratory, or national park, learning about the science of ecology, exploring career options, and seeing the practical applications of ecology. Students have the opportunity to find out more about what ecologists do through hands-on experiences with professionals, to receive training in specific areas, and to build networks with students and professionals.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 SEEDS National Field Trip to H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest! 




San Francisco – Bay Area, May 4-8, 2015 

The SEEDS program hosted its third Regional Field Trip in the hills of Los Altos, CA with 16 students attending from four SEEDS Chapters: Stanford University, San Jose State University, University of California Berkeley, and University of California Davis. With the help of the Stanford SEEDS Chapter, our participants had the opportunity to visit and interact with scientists, educators and graduate students at Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California Academy of Sciences, and Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

This trip is possible thanks to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 



Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER), November 6-9, 2014


Check out the fantastic digital journal of this cool trip:

SEEDS chapter students from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico attended a field trip to the beautiful and sunny Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER) program.  The CAP-LTER is run by Arizona State University and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

The CAP LTER program advances research and education on urban ecology and urban socio ecological systems. It is one of two LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation that specifically studies urban ecology. The field trip focused on water usage (the site averages seven inches of rainfall a year!) and sustainability practices.

This trip is possible thanks to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 



To look at more past trips check out our Past Field Trips page.

We are grateful for the support of the following funders and partners who made SEEDS field trips possible between 2002-2014: