Distance Learning

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Our distance learning courses enhance our in-the-field programs, where all of our learning takes place outside – truly experiential education!


We offer academic courses and programs for:

High Schools – we suggest arranging credit hours through a local-to-you college or university

Colleges and Universities – for credit hours as a departmental or Study Abroad program (programs usually vary from 5 to 13 credit hours)

Wilderness Schools/Clubs

Tracking Schools/Clubs


Academic courses have the additional option of purchasing online curriculum to help prepare students before they get to Africa and enrich their learning experience. We also find that these help with “post-Africa syndrome,” where students feel a little lost when they arrive back home after a rich immersion experience in Africa, only to discover that they now know more about Africa than they do about their own back yard – it gives them a road-map for learning.

We work with teachers and professors to develop a custom program that combines our expertise with yours:

All of our programs are rooted in ecology, culture, and tracking, but past programs have also focused on: history, anthropology, paleoanthropology, rock-art, “primitive” skills, political science, tourism and hospitality, marketing, leadership, art, literature, photography, robotics, geospatial thinking, community and conservation, and all of the ecological subjects; animal behaviour, field-research techniques, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, entomology, botany, ethnobotany, dendrology, geology, astronomy, and many more.

Online courses can be adapted to a seasonal, semester, or trimester format, and are frequently followed by one of our in-the-field programs.

Our in-the-field programs typically run for between 10 and 21 days in Africa, depending on your needs. Contact us if you have another region in mind. While South Africa is our back yard, we also guide in many other countries and continents.

Our core distance learning courses include:

African Field Ecology and Culture

The Ecology of Tracking

African Nature Enthusiast 

FGASA Field Guide Level 1 (followed by a required field portion with Nature Guide Training as an accredited provider for the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)


Please explore the rest of our website and subscribe to our blog, join us on social media, and feel free to Contact Us for more information on an existing program or to develop a custom program.

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In the above program, we worked with two high schools from New Hampshire and a high school in South Africa to teach geospatial thinking skills – use the keywords of “Hopkinton” or “Bow” High School search feature in our BLOG to read student accounts of their course.

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