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The STTA field courses is an interdisciplinary field based program developed to aid students gain deeper understanding of sustainable tourism, conservation and community through field based learning and research.

The field courses program has been carefully structured into four modules, each discussing an important component in natural resource management, cultural development and sustainable tourism. To increase the learning experience, each module is delivered exclusively outdoors and involves interaction with the wild, host communities and taught by professional experts in the respective fields.

Activities include field excursions and camping, lectures, research activities as well as student participation in the development/ improvement of community tourism/conservation projects in Kenya.

Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology Field Course

Course Highlights

  • Marine and Inland lotic and lentic ecosystems
  • Savannah, Forests and Alpine ecosystems
  • Function and services of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Habitat mapping
  • Threats to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Sustainable tourism role protection and conservation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

Places to visit:  Wasini Island, Tsavo West National Park, Lake Naivasha, Mt.Elgon, Kakamega Forest, Dunga Swamp

Duration: 5-21 Days

Community and Cultural Development Field Course

Course Highlights

  • Political, social and economic organization of indigenous cultural groups in Kenya
  • Impact of cultural practices on the environment
  • Role of indigenous knowledge in conservation
  • Role of community in sustainable tourism development and conservation
  • Impacts of tourism and conservation on host community

Places to visit: Community conservancies in the Mara and Community Based Tourism Enterprises at the Coast of Kenya and Western Kenya

Duration: 8-21 Days

Wildlife Species Management Field Course

Course Highlights

  • Wildlife characteristics, behaviour and adaptation
  • Wildlife Habitats
  • Monitoring and censoring techniques in mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, botany, ichthyology and entomology
  • Social-economic importance of wildlife flora and fauna species
  • Threats to wildlife species and habitats
  • Role of sustainable tourism in wildlife management

Places to visit: Kisite Mpunguti Park and Reserve, Shimba Hills, Tsavo West, Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kakamega Forest, Lake Victoria

Duration: 14-21 Days

Conservation Areas Management Field Course

Course Highlights

  • Protected Area Categories
  • Laws and policies in conservation
  • System planning and site planning of protected areas
  • Community involvement and social dimensions in protected areas planning
  • Protected areas management strategies
  • Sustainable tourism models and strategies practiced in conservation areas

Places to visit: Mombasa Marine National Park, Kaya Kinondo Forest- Campi ya Kanzi, Nairobi National Park and Karura Forest, Meru National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Mt. Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park

Duration: 14-21 Days