Environmental Field Site Network
Learn more about each of the field sites by clicking on the location in the map or in the table below.
A network of field sites in North Carolina and abroad advance UNC’s missions in undergraduate education, environmental research and community engagement. The Institute for the Environment, in partnership with the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program and the UNC Study Abroad Office, has established site locations that offer ecosystem settings ranging from mountains to coasts to urban environments and tropical rain forests. Students experience a combination of indoor and outdoor classroom time and fieldwork at all the field sites. Each site focuses on themes relevant to their 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. Learning happens in the field, but students are also attending seminars and directly engaging with leaders in relevant science fields.
IE offers a variety of scholarships and awards to attend field sites and for other opportunities after you return. There are also awards to support attendance in international Study Abroad Programs being led by an IE faculty or staff. Learn more.Watch Information Session
For more information on each site and a link to apply, select from the table below.
|Field Site Name||Location||Concentration Area|
|Highlands||NC Mountains||Ecology and Environmental Infrastructure|
|Outer Banks||NC Coast||Decision-making and Environmental Infrastructure|
|Morehead City||NC Coast||Estuarine Ecology and Human Impacts|
|Sustainable Triangle||NC Urban||Sustainability and Environmental Infrastructure|
|Thailand||Urban, Tropical||Energy, Environmental Infrastructure and Sustainability|
Location: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Brian Naess
For more information on environmental field education at Carolina, contact:
UNC Institute for the Environment