Selkirk College Students Visit Remote Calvert Island Research Station

Selkirk College

Prior to graduating from the Integrated Environmental Planning Program, students traveled to the west coast for an unforgettable experience where two years of study was applied at the Hakai Institute.

A group of ten Selkirk College students in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) spent a week off-grid on the west coast studying the impacts of climate change on a delicate ecosystem.

Just prior to completing their two-year IEP diploma, students and their instructors traveled from Castlegar to Calvert Island on the central coast of British Columbia. As part of the requirements for a spring field trip, students spent five days at the Hakai Institute applying the knowledge they have gained in the past two years to an entirely different ecosystem.

“This was an incredible opportunity for our students,” says Doris Hausleitner, the Selkirk College instructor who teaches the field trip study course along with Peter Golden. “The objectives of the trip were to draw complementary connections between concepts covered in the curriculum and real-world situations in environmental management practices. We were not disappointed.”

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