Outside Magazine highlighted the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Southern Oregon University as number twenty in their "top forty universities to learn, live, work, and play."
Join SOU for our Mexican Mayan Riviera Summer 2019 Field Course
Sustainable Development and Tourism
Ecoadventure: Mayan Riviera
(ES 408, 6 credits)
Faculty: Dr. Vincent Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-552-6802)
Emphasis: Sustainable Development, Marine Biology, Tourism
Who: Course and 11 day adventure open to SOU Students
When: Around June 24th (Exact Date to be set in winter term)
Where: Places visited during the 11 day trip include Cancun, Rio Lagartos, Chichen Itza, Coba, Tulum, Akumal, Cozumel
Course Structure: Enrolled students will attend 4 hours of on-campus orientation. Orientation will cover both trip logistics as well as specific environmental coursework. Students will also be asked to utilize provided online resources to prepare for the topics that will be covered in the course. The course will then culminate with 11 days in Mexico.
Cost: The combined cost of the trip is approximately $4,000 depending (course trip fee: $3,000), six credits of resident tuition ($990).
Day 1: Fly to CancunEnjoy dinner in Cancun
Day 2: Rio LagartosTake a walking tour of Historic City of ValladolidTake a boat tour of Rio Lagartos Natural ParkBird watching (flamingos)Crocodile Tour
Day 3: Chichen ItzaWalking tour of Chicen Itza RuinsVisit a Cenote (aquatic cavern)
Day 4: Coba and AkumalVisit Punta Laguna Spider Monkey PreserveVisit the Coba RuinsEnjoy a beach-side dinner in Akumal
Day 5: TulumSnorkel by boat in Tulum, MexicoVisit the historic Tulum ruinsEnjoy time on the beach beneath the Tulum ruinsTulum walking tour and shopping
Day 6: XplorVisit the Xplor Adventure park
- Cavern swims
- Jeep tours
- Underground rafting
Day 7: Akumal BayAssist with Turtle Habitat ResearchSnorkel with Sea TurtlesMeet with local researchersSnorkel in lagoon
Day 8: Xel-Ha Adventure ParkAquatic ziplinesCenote swimsSnorkelingBeach timeMangrove Tours
Day 9: Cozumel
Transfer to Cozumel via Ferry
Cozumel Walking Tour
Day 10: Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park
Transfer to Cancun
Day 11: Flight to Medford
How to Enroll:
Step1: Express Interest by completing the online form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW9WcOzqgbfx29ZbOnp29AIl6xsiEqsnOOkfC9r_qsuBJmAA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Step 2: Attend and informational meeting, Confirm Participation during winter term, and pay travel deposit
Step 3: Enroll in the mandatory six credit course during summer term enrollment. Residents of Oregon will pay roughly $990.24 for the six credit course.
Step 4: In June attend 2 hours of class on the SOU campus or via videoconference. Course syllabus, assignments, and readings will be assigned
Step 5: Depart with the group for your 11 day adventure in Mexico's Mayan Riviera. Your course fee will pay for all expenses except souveniers and personal snacks.
Step 6: Shortly after our trip to Mexico, we will meet again in Ashland for shared food, stories, and pictures. We hope that what you will learn will change you forever.
See you Soon!
More on the Environmental Science & Policy Program:
Geographic Setting of the Rogue Valley
Our field-oriented curriculum takes advantage of the unique environmental setting of our region and provides opportunities to work with local agencies. Southern Oregon, with its Klamath and Cascade Mountains and interior valleys, is an ideal location for studying and experiencing a variety of environmental issues, including water resources, endangered species, timber, natural hazards, and urban growth issues.
The Environmental Science and Policy Program encourages and gives academic credit for work experiences with governmental entities, local agencies and businesses that provide a wide variety of real-world applications of the concepts learned in the classroom. These experiences are carried in defined practicum and internship opportunities which include work in on- or off-campus settings. Opportunities include working with the USDA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service (Crater Lake and others), local watershed councils, Jackson County, local city and county planning departments, state and federal agencies, and local environmental organizations.
Whether you are a student trying to find out more information or looking to engage a student intern, following the links below to find out how the Environmental Science and Policy program’s practicum and internship process works:
Here is a list of previous practicum and internship experiences of ES students.
|Project Type||Cooperating Agency/Organization|
Jackson County Health Department
|Land use planning|
|Coho inventory, recovery||
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
|Poplar trees, water reclamation|
|Noxious weed removal|
|North Mountain Park stewardship|
Bear Creek Watershed Council Education Partners
|North Mountain Park|
|Ground water data analysis||
Jackson County, WISE Project
|Geology field mapping|
|Earthquake public awareness|
|Geology of North Mountain Park|
|Rural and urban surface water quality||
Jackson County and local cities
|Water quality data analysis|
|Watershed analysis field work|
|Urban growth, agriculture||
Rogue Valley Council of Governments
|Urban growth issues support|