ABEC Travel Opportunities

Upcoming Travel Options

During each year, the ABEC department conducts a number of nature-focused trips for students. Some of these experiences are associated with academic credit; others are conducted solely as informal learning opportunities. Learn more about upcoming travel options.


ABEC 351: Zoo Exhibitry

Students interested in working in zoos, can register for Zoo Exhibitry (ABEC 351), a one-credit course. Students enrolled in this course travel to numerous zoos during fall or spring break to learn about and critically evaluate zoo design. Each year the trip is focused on a different set of zoos and students can take the course multiple times.


ABEC 403: Tropical Ecology and Conservation

This 1-credit field course involves travel to Belize over spring break. Students will explore the wildlife and habitats of northern Belize, while staying a field stations and ecolodges. The area is home to nearly 400 bird species and over 70 types of mammals – including the largest population of jaguars in Belize - as well as numerous reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Students will be expected to read several short papers before and during the trip, participate in discussions, and keep a daily journal/field notebook. At the end of the trip, each student will write a short, reflective paper on one aspect of the experience. 


ABEC 404: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Africa

Rising seniors may also wish to apply for the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Africa trip (ABEC 404). Each summer, a select group of students travel to either Lajuma Research Centre and Kruger National Park in South Africa or various locations in Kenya to gain valuable field research skills, learn about local conservation issues, and gain an understanding of cultural perspectives of human-animal conflict. Upon returning to Canisius in the fall, students enroll in a 3-credit course. 


ABEC 405: Political Ecology of Wildlife Conservation

This field course provides an in-depth look at the complex sociocultural and political aspects of wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability by immersing students in research, workshops, readings, and discussions with local community groups and conservation experts throughout Costa Rica. Students will learn about the history around conservation, indigenous peoples, ecotourism, and sustainability in Costa Rica, as well as the current work being done at the national and local level in areas of environmental education and community advocacy. Students can also expect to volunteer with a local organization while in Costa Rica. Upon returning to Canisius, students enroll in a 3-credit course where they will work on independent projects and visit local conservation organizations to provide a comparative perspective. 


ABEC 490: Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation

Through the Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation Program students are trained via intensive field studies, and then bring that knowledge back to Western New York to promote conservation in the local community. Locations of past CAC studies have included the Monterey Marine Reserve in California, Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia, Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, Kadulla National Park in Sri Lanka, Gombe National Park in Tanzania, and Camp Leakey in Indonesia. Upon returning to Wester New York, the students serve as public educators at local zoological institutions and wildlife refuges, make presentations at local schools, develop pro-conservation webpages, and produce pro-conservation videos. Learn more about Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation