SUMMER 2021 PROGRAM UPDATE:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SFS has decided to adjust or suspend summer programs that operate in more than one country. For this reason, this program has been adjusted to operate in only one country – Kenya – for Summer 2021. This program will resume operating in both Kenya and Tanzania in Summer 2022. Click here to check out a list of other Summer 2021 programs.
The program itinerary and details outlined on this page reflect the program when Tanzania is included. For Summer 2021, Kenya’s rich ecosystems, national parks, conservation areas, and communities will provide an extensive landscape to study the fundamentals of wildlife management. Coursework will follow the same framework for lectures, field activities, and community engagement. However, program details may shift to accommodate enhanced safety measures, park closures, and thoughtful community interaction. We will communicate pre-program changes with students and are available to answer any specific questions regarding this program. You can read more about how SFS is addressing COVID-19 on our programs here.
In this two-country fundamentals course, the world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are your classrooms. Through safari drives and field excursions, study wildlife found nowhere else on the planet – in person. Discuss different approaches to wildlife management and conservation, and learn about traditional knowledge and culture from Maasai and other community groups.
Embark on multi-day camping expedition to Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) with a stop at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area en route to learn about migratory corridors and explore the giant crater.
Explore Amboseli National Park (Kenya), based in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and observe wildlife behavior, practice species ID, and collect ecological data.
Program Costs & Financial Aid
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Amy was raised in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She joined the SFS team after graduating in 2010 from Boston University with a degree in environmental analysis and policy. Her life-long passion for the environment and exploration was piqued by her own personal experience with SFS while participating in the Summer 2009 Session in Kenya, where she and her fellow classmates studied the national parks near Nairobi and Lake Nakuru and their relationship with the surrounding communities. Her study abroad experience enriched her passion and interest in the environment and society’s role in its conservation, and she is excited to help students benefit in the same way.
Itinerary varies from term to term and is subject to change. Program activities take place 6 days a week with one day free.
Week 1: Welcome to Tanzania! Move into bandas (cabins), meet your roommates and SFS staff, and attend program orientation. Intro lectures on primary wildlife species, environmental and conservation issues, history of wildlife management in East Africa, and human impacts on natural resources in the region. Safari drive through Lake Manyara National Park. Visit the nearby Karatu and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Mto wa Mbu.
Week 2: Multi-day camping trip to the Serengeti. Stop at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area en route to learn about the Ngorongoro wildlife and explore the giant crater. Field lectures focused on predator-prey relationships, cheetah ecology and conservation, and wildlife management challenges. Visit Oldupai Gorge to learn about the earliest traces of human civilization. Guest lecture on an area giraffe research project. Visit the Hadzabe, one of Tanzania’s last hunter-gatherer tribes, and learn how environmental degradation is impacting their culture.
Week 3: Head to Kenya! Move into your new bandas and meet the SFS Kenya staff. Visit nearby Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary and a Maasai boma (homestead). Learn about the ecology and behavior of elephants, primates, and birds with lectures on conservation area planning, wildlife-livestock interactions, community-based conservation, and poaching practices. Take a multi-day camping trip to Amboseli National Park to observe wildlife behavior, practice species ID, and collect ecological data. Conduct a management planning exercise in nearby ranching communities.
Week 4: Spend the day with a Maasai family to learn more about culture and traditions including community conservation efforts. Review a case study on integrating wildlife conservation and human development then create and present a natural resource management plan. Final exam. Re-entry exercises and banda cleanup. Closing activities. Head home.
This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Kenya and Tanzania.
Major academic themes include:
Community conservation approaches
Wildlife and natural resource management policies
On the Fundamentals of Wildlife Management program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.
Click on each course to view a description and download the syllabus
SFS 3500 Wildlife Management and Conservation (4 credits)
This course exposes students to wildlife management practices and the complex issues surrounding sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of Tanzania. Students explore a vast array of concepts and principles in ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics, which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation.
You will gain practical skills in the field such as: animal behavior observation, environmental impacts assessment, species identification, wildlife census techniques, natural resource management planning, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, tourism impact assessment methods, and basic Swahili language skills.
You will visit different ecosystems and communities in both countries such as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Manyara National Park, the vast savannas at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park and Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary, Maasai and other Indigenous communities, rural villages, freshwater wetlands, acacia forests, wildlife migratory corridors, and ranches and farms.
Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session (effective for Summer 2020).
RECOMMENDED PROGRAM COMBO
Carnivores of the African Plains (Kenya Summer II)
Learn to live the pole pole lifestyle at SFS’ East Africa Centers. In Tanzania, campus is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor and communal spaces, while the small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away. In Kenya, the snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen from the sprawling, grassy campus that is just down the road from Kimana. Both are the perfect base for expeditions into the surrounding national parks and conservation areas.
Dorm living in 4-person bandas (cabins)
Classroom and study spaces
Kitchen and dining hall, on-site cooking staff
On-site activities such as volleyball, soccer, Frisbee, and running routes
Lounge areas including a gazebo and fire pit
Fleet of safari cruisers
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