KENYA, AFRICA

COURSE CATALOG

KENYA COURSE

ECOLOGY IN KENYA

This program is split evenly between Brackenhurst, an eco-campus in Limuru, Kenya, and the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in the infamous Masai Mara ecosystem. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the complex relationships between Kenya’s indigenous communities, land, water and wildlife.

It is a single course program, so all students will take 1 course.

There’s an optional coastal marine module in 2019. This five-day module will run directly after the last portion of the Ecology course at an additional cost, exposing students to Kenya’s marine ecosystem. Students will be able to obtain a basic PADI certification, as well as visit remarkable coastal sites such as the Arabu-ko Sokoke Forest, the Gedi Ruins, and The Watamu Turtle Watch rehabilitation center.

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Overview

This program is split evenly between Brackenhurst, an eco-campus in Limuru, Kenya, and the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in the infamous Maasai Mara ecosystem. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the complex relationships between Kenya’s indigenous communities, land, water, and wildlife. Students will be presented with modern challenges and solutions that can help preserve some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems – from African forest, to wetlands, to the savannah. As Kenya’s human population grows at an ever-increasing rate, improved land management, payments for ecosystem services, and control of human-wildlife conflict are all required to stem the loss of diversity and the habitats that sustain it. This program will provide students with an understanding of historical and current threats to biodiversity in East Africa, expose them to ecological regenerative practices, and equip them with field-based skills to observe and apply practical solutions to the needs of specific target groups.

Pre-requisites

A background in environmental science, conservation biology, agro-ecology, horticulture, development studies, wildlife studies, or related subjects is ideal (entering 200 level and up). Participants need to be culturally-aware and open-minded to thrive in this program. All lectures and tutorials are conducted in English; hence a good command of the English language is essential.

Learning Outcomes

During this course, students will:

  • Broaden their knowledge of historical and current threats to tropical wetlands, forest, and African savannah ecosystems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key terms, theories and concepts related to East African wetlands, forest and savannah ecologies
  • Use appropriate evaluative techniques in wetland plant and animal investigation
  • Understand the basics of submontane forest regeneration in Kenya
  • Explore human-wildlife relationships in East Africa
  • Gain critical insight into community-based conservation, incentivizing conservation, and restoring damaged ecosystems

Key Study Topics

  • Forestry and agroforestry
  • Ecological restoration and monitoring techniques
  • Indigenous vegetation and biodiversity
  • Ethnobotany, traditional knowledge systems and their uses for conservation
  • Tree nursery management (species identification/propagation)
  • Wetlands health and ecosystems services
  • Community-based conservation vs. state protection
  • Wildlife monitoring/research practices (transect game counts, camera trap grid design/maintenance, mammal
    identification techniques)
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Nomadic pastoralism, rotational grazing, and grassland management

Credit

We will help by supplying you with all the necessary documentation and supporting information you will need to apply for credit through your home university or college.

 

Overview

This five-day module will run directly after the last portion of the Ecology course at an additional cost, exposing students to Kenya’s marine ecosystem. Students will be able to obtain a basic PADI certification, as well as visit remarkable coastal sites such as the Arabu-ko Sokoke Forest, the Gedi Ruins, and The Watamu Turtle Watch rehabilitation center.

The Watamu Marine National Park, where the optional coastal module will be based, runs through Watumu and is one of the oldest Marine Protected Areas in Africa. The Park spans over 10km2 of shallow lagoon containing coral, seagrass, sand and mangrove habitat. It is home to over 150 species of hard and soft corals and over 500 species of reef fish, offering students access to spectacular marine biodiversity. The National Park is largely considered one of the world’s top diving areas, with whale sharks, manta rays, octopus and barracuda commonly sighted. It is also a vital turtle breeding area.

Pre-requisites

A background in environmental science, conservation biology, agro-ecology, horticulture, development studies, wildlife studies, or related subjects is ideal (entering 200 level and up) . Participants need to be culturally-aware and open-minded to thrive in this program. All lectures and tutorials are conducted in English; hence a good command of the English language is essential.

Learning Outcomes

Key Study Topics

  • Marine Biology

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