Field trips

The Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution is committed to enhancing undergraduate teaching through field experience. Field courses in uniquely Australian locations are available as part of the department's second and third year subjects. They offer students an unrivalled learning experience.

Issues in Conservation - Wilsons Promontory

When: Late February
Duration: 5 days

Visit one of Australia's oldest national parks to learn about issues in conservation biology and the management of protected areas.

Plant Diversity and Ecology - Natimuk


When: Late September, Semester 2
Duration: 5 days

An introduction to soil-vegetation relationships, survey methodology and plant identification based in the botanically diverse Wimmera region of Victoria.

Animal Physiology - Heron Island

When: Early-mid December
Duration: 7 nights on the island and 2 days in transit.

**NOTE: Enrolments close on May 1st**

Gain insight into the physiology and behaviour of marine organisms and appreciate the faunal diversity offered by coral reef systems.


Field Course 1 and 2

The following field trips will be offered in alternating years as Field Course 1 (ENV3FC1) and 2 (ENV3FC2). Third year students can enrol in one or both trips on offer that year.

For 2021, Field Course 1 will be 'Freshwater Ecosystems - Ovens River'; Field Course 2 will be 'Mountain Ecosystems - Falls Creek'

Freshwater Ecosystems - Ovens River

When: Mid semester break, Semester 2
Duration: 7 days

Learn about Freshwater ecosystems including hydrology and biology, and undertake team based research in the field.

Mountain Ecosystems - Falls Creek

When: December
Duration: 7 days

Explore alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems in detail during daytime excursions. View our Mountain ecosystem video.


For 2022, Field Course 1 will be 'Animal Ecology - The Mallee'; Field Course 2 will be 'Geology and Plant Life - Snowy River'

Animal Ecology - The Mallee

When: Easter break, Semester 1
Duration: 6 days

Work in groups on research projects studying fauna such as pygmy possums, ants, geckos and honeyeaters.

Geology and Plant Life - Snowy River

When: early to mid December
Duration: 6 days

Learn about the role of landforms and rock types in producing the unique geographical distributions of plants.