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Summer Hawaiian Field Studies

Aloha and thank you for looking into our summer Hawaii program.

​The Hawaiian Islands are a paradise rich with magnificent hotels, sandy beaches, brilliant sunsets and some of the best recreational and relaxation spots on earth. Beyond the tourist attractions, though sometimes one and the same, lies a natural wonder of botanical rarities, explosive geological features and themes of evolution, adaptation, conservation and extinction. Born from the sea floor in a continuous chain of volcanoes, the Hawaiian Islands exist today as a window into biological and geological processes that tell the story of life on earth.

Join us in the Hawaiian islands with the opportunity to study in this unique environment and earn 16 college credit hours! 

Mahalo nui loa (thank you)

Matthew Dempsey and Amanda Mello

Some words from a former student about Hawaiian Field Studies:

“The opportunity to explore biology, botany, and ecology with the Hawaiian Islands as a laboratory was a learning experience that has gone unmatched during my entire academic career. The course was the best investment I made during my time at North Lake College.” 
Terry B.

View a program preview video showing highlights from past trips.

2019 summer program information

Basic information

16 College Credit Hours
Big Island of Hawaii
Travel Dates for 2019
June 20 through July 1 PENDING APPROVAL
*Last updated Nov. 20, 2018

1. Email the program to be added to the list
2. Submit a $750 deposit (check, mail, or credit card). Deposit is refundable until classes begin in March, or whenever the program fills to capacity. You can call 972-273-3310 to make your deposit or visit the Cashier's Office. Just be sure to write down your receipt number!

Pre-trip classes

Starting at the end of March, all on the weekends and online. An orientation night will take place on March 22 at North Lake College. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Class dates:
Saturday, March 23 - North Lake College
Sunday, March 31 - Friends of Coppell Nature Park
Saturday, April 13 - North Lake College
Sunday, April 14 - Friends of Coppell Nature Park
Saturday, May 18 - North Lake College
Sunday, May 19 - Friends of Coppell Nature Park
Saturday, June 1 - North Lake College
Sunday, June 2 - Friends of Coppell Nature Park

Please note the class dates are subject to change. More detailed information regarding orientation and the final class schedule will be given in email announcements.

Payment information*

All payments due by May 13, 2019.
Student Expenses $750 Deposit* + $381* Balance (+or-$100)*
Airline Package - $900* & Airline to and from HNL + bags
Tuition - $944* for in-county residents.*
For complete payment explanations, due dates and up to date information, email or call.  
Not included: Meals, luggage fees, and calls/texts.
*Subject to change.  The amount for the trip should run approximately $2,975. Please note that only the student fee deposit and tuition are refundable (up until the first day of class). All other fees are NOT refundable. More detailed information will be added as it becomes available.


BIOL 1411 4hrs - Intro Botany
BIOL 2406 4hrs - Environmental Biology
GEOL 1401 3hrs - Earth Science
ARTS 2356 - Digital Photography
PHED 1164 - Intro to Fitness
Total - 16 Credit Hours*.
*Students must enroll in all courses to participate in the program. 

Accepting deposits now, until the trip fills. After filling the first three vans, a waiting list will be established and new students added six at a time.

Also note that this program is subject to cancellation if enrollment does not meet a specific quota or other circumstances arise. ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​