The School for Field Studies (SFS), an international non-profit academic institution based in Salem, MA (USA), provides environmental education and conducts research through its field-based programs. SFS is committed to providing hands-on, interdisciplinary education, and environmental research in partnership with natural resource dependent communities. Its goals are to (1) provide students with a unique and challenging educational and life experience that assists them in successfully advancing their careers as skilled professionals and globally aware citizens; and (2) work with local community stakeholders to develop models for the sustainable management of their natural resources. SFS participants are registered at and receive transcripts from Boston University, which accredits SFS programs.
As of 2007 the School's field stations included:
- Center for Rainforest Studies - Australia
- Center for Sustainable Development - Costa Rica
- Center for Wildlife Management Studies - Kenya
- Center for Coastal Studies - Baja, Mexico
- Center for Marine Resource Studies - Turks and Caicos Islands
SFS is governed by a Board of Trustees, who's Chair as of 2007 was Terry L. Andreas, and a Safety Advisory Committee that is made up of professionals with extensive backgrounds in medicine, scuba diving, adventure programming, and outdoor education. Its president as of 2007 was Paul Houlihan..
Kenya: The Center for Wildlife Management Studies operated at Game Ranching Limited from 1985 to 2001. In 1999 a satellite bush camp was opened in southern Kenya on a Masaai Group Ranch. Since 2001 the Center has been run out of two locations: Kilimanjaro Bush Camp & Nairobi National Park Site.
Australia: The Center for Rainforest Studies opened in February 1987 in the small town of Millaa Millaa and shortly thereafter moved to a permanent base on 153 acres adjacent to a World Heritage site and near the town of Yungaburra.
Mexico: The Center for Marine Mammal Studies opened in the Spring 1990 in La Paz. The program ran in La Paz until 1995 and was then reopened as the Center for Wetland Studies in Puerto San Carlos on Magdalena Bay in 1997. It was renamed the Center for Coastal Studies in 1999.
The Turks & Caicos Islands: The Center for Marine Resource Studies relocated from the U.S. Virgin Islands to South Caicos in 1990.
Costa Rica: The Center for Sustainable Development Studies opened in the Fall of 1991 in Las Cruces and later moved to its present location, Atenas in 1993.
Palau: The Center for Island Management Studies opened in the small village of Ulimang in Spring 1995 and was regretfully closed after the Fall 1995 semester due to the extremely remote location and communication difficulty between the Center and Headquarters.
British Columbia: The Center for Coastal Rainforest and Fisheries Studies opened in the Fall of 1995 in the town of Bamfield and successfully operated there until the Summer of 2003.