The School For Field Studies

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The School for Field Studies (SFS) provides a unique opportunity for environmentally committed students from the United States and abroad to learn skills and gain experience that future environmental leaders will need to effect change locally, nationally and internationally. SFS trains US and host-country students to conduct the kind of interdisciplinary, field-based environmental research that resource dependent communities all over the world need in order to survive and prosper.


To work with local community stakeholders to develop models for the sustainable management of their natural resources; and to provide students with a unique and challenging educational and life experience that assists them in successfully advancing their careers as skilled professionals and globally aware citizens.


SFS works in partnership with local communities to find solutions to real, not academic, environmental problems. Field research projects are requested and sponsored by community clients who participate in joint environmental management and conservation projects.

Australia: Tropical Rainforest Studies
Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies
Kenya: Wildlife Mangement Studies
Mexico: Conserving Marine Mammals & Coastal Ecosystems
Turks & Caicos Islands: Marine Resource Studies


With a focus on community based natural resource management, SFS students and faculty effect meaningful change through their cooperative involvement with the host communities in which they study, learn and work. These communities include: Maasai tribes in Kenya, small-scale and organic farmers in Costa Rica and Australia, and subsistence fishers in the British West Indies and Mexico.


Australia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Turks and Caicos Islands


10 Federal Street, Suite 24
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 741-3544
EIN: 04-2711596


Invest In Trees

One seedling nursery

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $1,000.00

Recent research at The School for Field Studies Center for Wildlife Management Studies indicates that the Acacia tortillis dominated woodlands in the region are under siege by both humans and elephants, by high livestock densities and more recently by prolonged and quite frequent droughts. Your gift will allow SFS students and faculty to establish a nursery that will provide tree seedlings to the neighboring Masaai...

Save An Elephant

One hour of research

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $15.00

Your gift will fund one student researcher for one hour of data collection at The School for Field Studies Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Data collected will be used to develop a land-use plan for the Kimana, Kuku and Mbirikani Group Ranches that will identify economically sustainable measures that can be taken by these Masaai group ranches to decrease human-elephant conflict and wildlife conflict in...

Save A Rainforest

5 tropical seedlings

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $50.00

Over the last ten years, students and faculty at The School for Field Studies Center for Rainforest Studies have planted more than 15,000 trees, many of which were grown from seed at our own field station nursery. Your gift will support rainforest tree production in our nursery and enable us to transplant our seedlings into rainforest restoration sites where they will help combat fragmentation and...

Monitor Coral Reefs

One research dive

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $25.00

Students and faculty at The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Management in the Turks and Caicos Islands help monitor the condition of the spectacular coral reefs, both inside and outside the MPAs, using scientifically rigorous monitoring techniques. Based on their field observations, students assess the validity of indicator species for reef health, the effects of diver tourism, marine species interactions, the impact...

Map Migrations

One GPS unit

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $400.00

With your gift, The School for Field Studies will be able to purchase a GPS unit that will provide our research teams with the tools they need to conduct relevant field research. GPS will help students and faculty at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies keep track of data such as the permanent structures in a group ranch in Kenya to monitor wildlife migration routes...

Give A Lecture

One hour of expertise

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $80.00

The SFS model of environmental education is interdisciplinary and experiential. Our guest experts deliver field lectures that provide the students with a well-rounded picture of the concepts and topics at hand. With a mangrove, the Caribbean Sea, or an African savannah as their classroom, SFS students are able to grasp these concepts and see firsthand the details of the lecture within its environmental or socio-economic...

Promote Science

One book or journal

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $35.00

Your gift will fund the purchase of one book or one issue of a scientific journal for a library. This might be a field guide to Australian birds or African mammals, or an issue of a journal like Conservation Biology. SFS student and faculty researchers will use these library resources on a daily basis as they work to help local communities solve some of their...

Adopt A Land Cruiser

Expedition for 8

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $100.00

Research teams at the SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies must travel to the heart of the bush and into national parks throughout Kenya to conduct game counts, meet with Maasai leaders, interview park rangers, conduct elephant research and assess the impact of tourism, among many other field-based activities. The nature of these roads requires the use of four wheel drive vehicles, in our case,...

Shelter A Researcher

One expedition tent

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $150.00

SFS uses highly durable field expedition tents whenever possible, but this equipment wears out quickly due to rugged conditions and plenty of use. When away from our field stations on overnight research expeditions, these tents provide shelter for anywhere from 20 to 35 students and faculty after a day of tagging turtles, conducting wildlife counts, trekking to island cays, or monitoring water quality in a...

Fund Clean Beaches

Clean Four Local Beaches

The School for Field Studies

Regular price $75.00

With your help, students and staff at each of two School for Field Studies environmental research centers will join with community members four times a year to clean up local beaches. As part of their outreach activities, students at the Center for Marine Resources Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands will organize beach clean ups at East Bay, Hawklands, and Shark Bay Beaches on...