Experience Ecology in Action

Considering a career in conservation, environmental management or natural science?

This summer EcoQuest Education Foundation is offering an exciting opportunity to attend a 5-day field ecology course.  

Experience Ecology in Action is for year 12 and 13 students. Aimed at providing a greater understanding of ecology needed at level 3 biology and environmental sustainability and to prepare students pursuing biological and environmental sciences at university.

At the EcoQuest field centre, you will learn about the projects our experienced faculty lead and you will partake in the practical field work involved in conducting our research. 

EcoQuest’s research has real community and conservation outcomes.  

Why you want to Experience Ecology in Action with us:

  • Partake in hands-on learning in a vibrant, sustainable community. 
  • Experience first-hand how scientific research is conducted in a real-world setting.
  • Experience a university setting in a pressure free environment.
  • Stay at our beautiful field centre in Whakatīwai. 
  • Visit the diverse ecosystems the Wharekawa coast has on offer.  
  • Be looked after. We are very experienced with looking after people well while they are away from home. 

Accommodation & Catering

This course takes place at the EcoQuest Field Centre, situated on the western shore of Tikapa Moana the Firth of Thames, in Whakatiwai (one hour southeast of Auckland). 

EcoQuest has established a vibrant sustainable learning community. Since programs are residential, students and some staff live on site. 

Student accommodation is in shared cabins (2-3 students per cabin). The large wharekai (literally the eating house) is our main communal building which doubles as a classroom and dining room. This building is situated to make the most of the open space and sun, and students often spend time outside on the large deck. 

Catering includes dinner (4), lunch (5),  breakfast (4) + snacks and we can accommodate different dietary requirements (Vegetarion, Vegan, Gluten Free, Allergies).


The first program will be at a subsidised cost of $440 + GST ($506)

Future programs @ $950 (GST inclusive) 

Course Dates

5 days/4 nights with up to 20 students per course - December 14th - 18th  2020.

Likely pick up Hamilton, Manukau and Thames (arranged once enrolments confirmed)

Applications close 20th November 2020.

Research Projects

Endemic long-tailed bats 

Discover the ecological niche of our native bats and partake in field work using bat detectors. You will practise spectrogram data analysis and gain instruction on how to report this information. [link to DRP]

Invertebrate indicators

Learn about our endemic invertebrates that act as environmental indicators for restoration projects. Experience multiple environmental sampling techniques.  

Shore-bird conservation

 Visit the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre to observe the diversity of migratory shorebirds that spend our summer at Pūkorokoro Miranda. Learn how the local shorebird centre assists global protection of the species that migrate across the globe. Encouraging countries to protect the bar-tailed godwit. 


About EcoQuest

The EcoQuest Education Foundation Te Rarangahau Taiao was established in 1999 as a Registered Charitable Trust and is registered with NZQA as a Category One provider. Our Vision is Catalysts for Sustainability through Education and Research.

EcoQuest has a long-standing partnership with the University of New Hampshire. If you are interested in the programs we would normally be delivering to international university students, you can visit our international program website here: www.ecoquest.org

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Shelley (Shelley@ecoquest.co.nz) or call (09)2322501.

Otherwise fill in the form below if you'd like to take part!

Expression of Interest

Enter your details below to register for this course. Once details have been finalised we will contact you with full enrolment details.

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Thank You. We will be in touch to confirm final dates