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To advance our missions in undergraduate education, environmental research and community outreach, the Institute, in partnership with the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, has established a network of field sites with locations in North Carolina and abroad. The site locations offer a variety of ecosystem settings ranging from the mountains to the coast to urban settings to tropical rain forests. The field site program is coordinated through the Study Abroad Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, with the exception of the Sustainable Triangle Field Site. Each site focuses on themes specific to that community or region and provides a semester-long opportunity for students to explore real-world issues through a combination of course work, field trips, group research projects and internships with local organizations. Challenges facing host communities help shape the curriculum at each site, and the results of research by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and students are shared with community partners.

The UNC Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences coordinates applications for attendance at all Institute field sites. For more information on any site, select from the table below.


Highlands Field Site Morehead City Field Site Sustainable Triangle Field Site Outer Banks Field Site Outer Banks Field Site Sustainable Triangle Field Site Morehead City Field Site Highlands Field Site Cambridge Field Site Ecuador/Galapagos Field Site Thailand Field Site Cambridge Field Site Galapagos Field Studies Thailand Field Site

Field Sites and their suitability for different concentration areas

Name Location Concentration Areas
Highlands Field Site NC Mountains Ecology and Environmental Infrastructure
Outer Banks Field Site Coastal NC Decision-making and Environmental Infrastructure
Morehead City Field Site Coastal NC Ecology, Earth System Science and Environment and Health
Sustainable Triangle Field Site Urban NC Sustainability and Environmental Infrastructure
Thailand Thailand – Urban, Tropical Energy, Environmental Infrastructure and Sustainability

Field Studies

For more information on any aspect of environmental field sites at Carolina, contact:

Susan Cohen
Associate Director
UNC Institute for the Environment