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Clearwater, MB

Program Description

Rural communities are experiencing extreme adversity. Communities such as Clearwater, a 100-person community located in southwestern Manitoba, are in the process of reinventing themselves. Clearwater, along with the Harvest Moon Society, has developed the closed primary school as a learning center and a site for small business, and has turned a local farm into a location for environmental education.

The course takes place in Clearwater, Manitoba, where students will visit farms and meet with community leaders. Students will explore the relationship among farm operations, rural culture, and the environment. Conducted over a two-week period, the course will combine lectures and farm visits with course projects.


Department of Environment and Geography

Course Dates

  • Aug 24 – Sept 3, 2018
  • Pre-trip sessions: Aug 7, 2018

Course Credits

Students are required to register for a total of 6 credit hours as follows:

    • ENVR 4020 T61 Living Rural Communities and Environments 1 (3 credit hours)


    • ENVR 4020 T62 Living Rural Communities and Environments 2 (3 credit hours)

– or –

  • GEOG 3740 T60 Living Rural Communities and Environments (6 credit hours)

Details on these courses are available online on Aurora. Academic fees are payable to the University of Manitoba. Tuition fees vary for international students.

Admissions and Requirements

  • All students must have approval of the instructor.
  • Students must register in 6 credit hours (written consent of department head is required). Due to popularity of the course, you are encouraged to register early.
  • All student must attend the pre-trip sessions.
  • In order to participate in a travel/study course, all students must sign an Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Liability Waiver that outlines risk and shared responsibility associated with travel/study.

Travel Fees

  • Travel fee is TBA (subject to change), is due June 2016 (includes $100.00 non-refundable deposit). The travel fee includes farm visits, workshops, and facilities. Travel fees may be paid by cheque (payable to The University of Manitoba), VISA, MasterCard, or in cash.
  • Additional fee of to cover food, lodging, local transportation, and supplies is payable to Stephane McLachlan and is due prior to the course start date. Further details available at the pre-trip session.
  • Food, lodging, local transportation, personal expenses, health insurance, as well as University of Manitoba tuition are not included.
  • Students are required to bring their own camping equipment.
  • Students are responsible for arranging their travel to and from Clearwater, Manitoba in accordance with the published course dates.

For More Information

Course information:
Dr. Stephane McLachlan, Department of Environment and Geography
phone: (204)474-8514

Information on admission, registration and fee payment:

Extended Education

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Fax: +1 204 474-7661

A Global Experience in a Local Community

Discovering the living rural communities and environments Travel/Study course


“This course is by far the most beneficial course I have taken in my three years of university…well centered in experiential learning, this course promotes community and farmers.”
– GEOG 3740 student

“The best course I have ever taken, bar none. I loved every second of it, and learned more with this format than all others…It was an experience I will never forget.”
– ENVR 4020 student

“This course was wonderful and life changing. I learned so many things related to myself and the environment.”
– ENVR 4020 student