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BORDERLANDS Field Course

The Borderlands Field Course is a multidisciplinary training designed to empower the next generation of environmental leaders. Guided by expert facilitators and presenters, it addresses the ecological challenges facing the border region and the Sky Islands from a holistic perspective.

The program consists of a tour of different landscapes in Sonora, Mexico, from the capital to the area closest to the US border.

The course includes lectures, workshops, and practical and theoretical activities covering topics such as a sense of belonging, social justice focusing on migration, technical skills in soil restoration, native plant propagation, and biological corridors. The course is taught entirely in Spanish.

Questions? Contact Jordan Sene, Education Program Manager at jsene@borderlandsrestoration.org

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ABOUT

​​The application process will be open for candidates in the fall. Ten participants will be selected and notified of their acceptance for the nine-day training taking place in April 2025.

Topics of the program include:

  • Sense of Belonging

  • Restoration in Urban Communities

  • Social Justice

  • Binational Community Projects

  • Inclusiveness

  • Restoration

  • Native Plants

  • Erosion Control Structures

  • Wildlife and Biological Corridors

  • Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Participants will camp for several nights of the trip. Camping supplies, all meals, and transportation will be provided by BRN.

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Sonoran Field Course 2021
By: Jorge Chacón & Clarissa Moreno

The week-long 2021 Sonoran Field Course (SFC) was the first taught entirely in Mexico, mostly in Spanish, taking place in and around Agua Prieta at BRN partner organization Cuenca Los Ojos Rancho San Bernardino. Video created by Jorge Chacón, SFC Facilitator & Clarissa Moreno, 2021 SFC graduate.

Watch in ESP

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Field Course Fosters Restoration, Connection In Arizona-Sonora Borderlands
By: NPR

Anays Blanco buckles her seat belt and puts a large white van into gear, then takes off on the rough dirt road leading to Rancho Los Ojos Calientes. It’s part of the protected Cuenca Los Ojos reserve, where she is co-facilitating a weeklong field course for eight young Sonoran conservationists packed into the back of the van.

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BLOG: THE BEST DAYS OF MY SUMMER
By: Javier NORIEGA

I had an incredible experience in the third Sonoran Field Course in July! My colleagues, facilitators, and educators from Borderlands Restoration Network and I adventured on a nine-day excursion to different institutions and ranches, an experience I will undoubtedly remember with much affection and excitement.

BORDERLANDS Field Course PROGRAM REPORTS

Enjoy some deeper insights into the Borderlands Field Course program through our annual program reports.

The BORDERLANDS FiELD Course IS GENEROUSLY FUNDED THROUGH PRIVATE SUPPORT FROM DONORS, GRANT FUNDING, AND KEY PARTNERSHIPS

 Thank you to our current and past funders and partners who make this important program possible!

Casa Andamios, Casa Madrid, Rancho El Aribabi, Marcey Olajos

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