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A nine day camp held prior to the start of Fall Session lectures. Emphasis is placed on practical and professional experience, and participation in all aspects of field operations. Students will use different instrumentation and methodologies to solve problems that would be encountered in modern survey practice. Guest presentations on the practice and profession of Land Surveying will follow the field operations.
Dates: Aug 17th - Aug 25th 2020
Instructors: Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Geomatics Engineering
Contact: Monica Freeman, Undergraduate Administrator
Students are introduced to common field methods used in environmental science. These methods include both: 1) specific techniques in ecology, hydrology, chemistry, social science, atmospheric science and field navigation and 2) general principles of sampling, experimental design and analysis. The course includes a 10-day field school (five days at the Barrier Lake Field Station) immediately prior to the start of the Fall Session. During the Fall Session, students meet for up to three hours/week to process and discuss field data. This course is only open to students in the Environmental Science Program, or by consent of the Program Director.
Dates: August 31st – September 4th 2020
Instructor: Dr. Ann-Lise Norman
Contact: Environmental Science Program
Introductory ethology and behavioral neuroscience research. Hypothesis generation, experimental design, data collection and analysis, techniques, and experimentation. The course takes place during Spring Session utilizing facilities at the Barrier Lake Field Station. Note 1: Open only to students in the Neuroscience program, or by consent of the Program Director. Note 2: Students are in residence at the Barrier Lake Field Station for a substantial part of the course.
Dates: May 11th – 30th, 2020
Instructors: Dr. Willem C. Wildering and Dr. Petra Hermann
This one-week residential intensive combines outdoor activities and self-reflection, team building and personal growth challenges with a cross-cultural approach to the spiritual journey for leaders of a sustainable world. Drawing from management and outdoor leadership, sustainable development and environmental education, wilderness therapy and adventure learning with teachings and ceremonies guided by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, the Undergraduate Retreat introduces core leadership capabilities for corporate responsibility in sustainable development. Course includes: wilderness skills, workshops and overnight Wilderness Solo; readings to be completed prior with a Learning Journal and Reflective Paper as written requirements.
Dates: July 5th – 10th, 2020
Instructor: Dr. David Lertzman
Contact: Leslie Holmes
This one-week residential intensive combines outdoor activities and self-reflection, team building and personal growth challenges with a cross-cultural approach to the spiritual journey for leaders of a sustainable world. Drawing from management and outdoor leadership, sustainable development and environmental education, wilderness therapy and adventure learning with teachings and ceremonies guided by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, participants are challenged to deepen reflective capacity, clarify their sense of purpose and enhance transformational potential as core capabilities for responsible leadership in sustainable development. Course includes: wilderness skills workshops and overnight Wilderness Solo; readings to be completed prior with a Learning Journal and Reflective Paper as written requirements.
Dates: July 13th – 18th and July 26th – 31st, 2020
Instructor: Dr. David Lertzman
Contact: Leslie Holmes
GLGY 337 is an introductory geologic field methods course which takes place off-campus for 16 days, normally in August/September prior to the start of the Fall semester. The course involves field activities based in Drumheller, AB, the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains (accommodation at the BGI), and southeastern BC. The learning objectives of GLGY 337 include: field safety, orienteering and using a compass, reading topographic maps, collecting and interpreting geological data, constructing geologic maps, and report writing. Students work collaboratively in teams of two to four depending on the activity of the day. This course is required for the Geology Major and Honours programs at the University of Calgary.
BGI Dates: August 16th- 21st and Aug 21st- 26th, 2020
Instructor: Department of Geoscience
Contact: Rofina Groebmair, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
An examination of ecological principles and techniques through field exercises including studies of terrestrial and aquatic populations, communities and ecosystems. The course is held at the Biogeoscience Institute, Barrier Lake Field Station, in the two weeks immediately prior to the commencement of the Fall Term.
Dates: August 17th – 28th, 2020
Contact: Jillicent Webb
In this two-day professional learning opportunity, you'll have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers to design learning for your students using inquiry, student questions, and outdoor education strategies. Participants will examine how to engage their students in nature and STEM, and focus their planning on their upcoming Field 2 placements. This opportunity will strengthen your skills as a teacher, and give you direct strategies to use with your students this semester.
Dates: February 12 and March 11, 2020
Geology 396 - Field Camp I
Geological study and mapping of sedimentary rocks in the Rocky Mountains (AB). During the 3 days in the mountains the students will learn about geological processes that created and continue to shape the Rocky Mountains: tectonic forces and erosion by water, wind and ice, while practicing the description of rocks and fossils in the field.
Dates: May 3rd – 6th, 2020
Instructor: Dr. Hairuo Qing
Contact: Monica Cliveti
SAIT Environmental Technology Field School
This course provides an introduction to field sampling and analysis methods used in Environmental Technology. Students travel to various sites in Kananaskis where they have the opportunity to apply field methods in collecting and analyzing soil samples and water samples. Students also
learn to identify various vegetation and wildlife. They learn various ecological sampling techniques. Data collected from this field school is used in classroom activities, including data interpretation and scientific writing, throughout the remaining fall and winter terms of their program.
Dates: September 28th – October 2nd, 2020
Instructors: Colin Pattison, Matthew Paisley
SAIT Integrated Water Management Field School
This field school as part of INRY 302 is an opportunity to further build upon the skills learned previously in the program. This field school will capture the methods for measuring water quality and water quantity in a variety of ways and situations. The course includes working with weather stations as well as performing wetland assessments. The field school is also an opportunity to begin to develop general field skills such as navigation, safety, and communication plans.
Dates: September 14th – 18th, 2020
Instructors: Candice Young-Rojanschi, Cameron Johnston
Geography 827 - Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology
This course aims to describe and explain the physical principles and processes that govern hydrology (with special reference to Canadian conditions), mass and energy balance calculations and their application in hydrology. The course will focus on the primary Canadian hydrological processes, assess of the effects of variable boundary conditions on hydrology, and apply coupled energy and mass balance equations to calculate hydrological fluxes including runoff and streamflow. Arrival at field station is on the 9th of January with lectures beginning morning of the 10th.
Dates: January 7th - 20th, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Pomeroy, Distinguished Professor, Department of
Geography & Planning, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, Director, Centre for Hydrology www.usask.ca/hydrology and Coldwater Laboratory, Canmore, Alberta, Director, Global Water Futures Program www.usask.ca/gwf .
Process-based hydrological modelling
This course will teach the fundamentals of process-based hydrological modelling, including model development, model application, and model evaluation. The course will explain the model constructs that are necessary to simulate dominant hydrological processes, the assumptions that are embedded in models of different type and complexity, and best practices for model development and model applications. The course will cover the full model ecosystem, including the spatial discretization of the model domain, input forcing data generation, model evaluation, parameter estimation, postprocessing, uncertainty characterization, data assimilation, and ensemble streamflow forecasting methods.
Dates: May 9th - 20th, 2020
Instructor: Martyn P. Clark
Teachers and university groups can participate in any of our field study programs as professional development. Come and experience our field trips and learn how to design your own. It's a great opportunity for teachers not trained in math or science to become more confident with the subjects. Each program can be modified to accentuate the areas you wish to focus on (biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, collaborative work, language arts, and interpretive skills).