Renewable Resources Field School

Field School by Amanda Kelley

Photo courtesy of Amanda Kelley

The Department of Renewable Resources offers two experiential field schools for our students in the Spring and Fall terms.

Intro Forestry Field School (FFS)

A 6-day long course offered for first-year forestry and forest business management students. It exposes students to the broad field of forestry through experiential learning. As we travel through the forest areas of west-central and northern Alberta, students learn about forest plants, animals and ecology, field operations—including harvesting and silviculture—forest protection and visit manufacturing facilities. Basic field skills are also taught. Students meet forest practitioners and professionals, many of whom are former University of Alberta forestry graduates. Students also get to know their "cohort" of students and are well prepared for their classes that start very soon after FFS finishes.

ENCS/Forestry Field Course

A 3-week course taken by all students in our forestry and environmental and conservation sciences (ENCS) programs after completion of their second year. This immersive program allows students from multiple majors/programs to learn field skills in a variety of areas and interact to solve current and future landscape management issues.

Based in Lac La Biche, Alberta, these students have the opportunity to apply the academic knowledge they have gained in the first two years of their programs in a practical and experiential field environment.

There are four modules to the ENCS/Forestry Field Course:

  1. Field skills and safety;
  2. Measuring the bio-physical environment;
  3. Managing the landscape with an emphasis on integrating multiple uses and perspectives;
  4. A capping project.


Hear from past field school participants in this short video!