International Study: Newfoundland and Labrador – A Journey Through Time

420.738 – Newfoundland and Labrador: A Geo-Eco Journey Through Time (3 credits)

The field course will examine the birth of the North American Continent, the creation and destruction of oceans, human ecology, climate change, whaling and marine fisheries around the Labrador Sea and the Grand Banks. Highlights will include four remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites.
This course also fulfills the ESP Residency Requirement.
International Study – Newfoundland and Labrador: A Journey Through Time

Iconic Newfoundland Fishing Village

Eligibility and Prerequisite

This course is open to all JHU alumni, graduate students, and undergraduates that are EPS or ENVS majors in their Junior or Senior year. Prerequisite: 420.601 Geological Foundations of Environmental Science or permission from the instructor.


Johns Hopkins University (AAP-ESP), is pleased to announce plans to teach an in-field class centered around Human Ecology, Soils, Geology, Archaeology and Marine Wildlife.

The Course

Join us on this epic adventure to discover Newfoundland and Labrador – Canada’s most eastern province, and one with a rich history dating back some 9,000 years. Learn about the birth of a continent and the death of an ocean, walking in the footsteps of the Aboriginal Peoples of Newfoundland and southern Labrador, and of the first Vikings who explored the coast more than ten centuries ago.

International Study – Newfoundland and Labrador: A Journey Through Time

The Atlantic Puffin

The Experience

This course will hopefully provide memories and experiences that will last your entire life. We will be camping at National and Provincial campgrounds! The course will maintain a concept of a rustic, low carbon footprint, mobile, outdoor program as we camp in tents, prepare food, and generate memories at the campsite.

Our Approach

Daily hikes/walks will be easy to moderate in difficulty, varying in distance. Some highlights include viewing magnificent seabirds, icebergs and whales; the distinctive landscapes, culture, and foods of Newfoundland and southern Labrador; and four fascinating UNESCO Heritage Sites. The Four UNESCO sites that we would visit are:

  • The Tablelands and Fjiords – Gros Morne National Park
  • Vikings in N. America – L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
  • Whaling Heritage – Red Bay National Historic Site
  • Where Life Began – Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve
International Study – Newfoundland and Labrador: A Journey Through Time Point

Mistaken Point

Other stops would include:

  • Signal Hill National Historic Site (short hike)
  • Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site (visitation)
  • Witless Bay Ecological Reserve (Boat Excursion – The reserve is the home of the Atlantic Puffin and the best feeding grounds for the annual migration of Humpback whales to the waters of Newfoundland)

If you are interested in learning about the origins of the Appalachians, the origins of life, protecting whales and fisheries, seeing puffins, the first European visitors to North America and just love hiking and camping, then we welcome your participation in this course!


Late June 21-30, 2019.

International Study – Newfoundland and Labrador: A Journey Through Time

Icebergs at Twillingate

Tuition $4,091 (subject to change)
Trip fee ~$750
This includes transportation from/to Deer Lake/St. John’s airport and all transportation during the field portion of course as well as all camping and park fees, UNESCO entrance fees, Guides, Tours, Ferry to Quebec/Labrador and puffin/whale expedition. Incidentals and meals are not included. Students will need their own camping gear and will shop for food.
Travel Variable (current round-trip flights from Washington DC to St. John’s, are around $550.00). Transportation from student home to Newfoundland is the student’s responsibility. Transportation throughout the course will be provided and is calculated as part of the Trip fee.
Do not purchase plane tickets until AAP confirms with you that the course will run.
International Study – Newfoundland and Labrador: A Journey Through Time

Fjiord at Gros Morne

Abbreviated Itinerary
Friday, June 21st Course begins in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11 am.
Visit Signal Hill National Historic Site
Rock age dating overview at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Lodging in St. Johns
Saturday, June 22nd Depart St. John’s for Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve
Camp at Butter Pot Provincial Park
Sunday, June 23rd Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – Puffins
Trout Pond Campground in Gros Morne (8-hr drive)
Monday, June 24th Gros Morne National Park – Tablelands Hike
Gros Morne National Park – Green Gardens Hike
Trout Pond Campground
Tuesday, June 25th Gros Morne National Park – Gros Morne Mountain Hike
Green Point Campground
Wednesday, June 26th Drive to St. Barbe ferry to LABRADOR and L’Anse-au-Clair
Red Bay UNESCO Heritage Site
Pinware River Provincial Park
Thursday, June 27th Battle Harbour – walking tour
Pinware River Provincial Park
Friday, June 28th L’Anse-au-Clair, Blanc Sablon, Quebec for ferry to Newfoundland
L’Anse aux Meadows near St. Anthony
Pistolet Bay Campground
Saturday, June 29th Leave St. Anthony for Corner Brook
Table Point Ecological Preserve
Deer Lake Airport – End of Course
Sunday, June 30th Drive to St. John’s to return rental vehicle
Dine at The Ship Pub (Sunday is on your own


Once in the field, there will be daily Journal prompts for each student to reflect. We will have the end of day discussion sessions to debrief on the day’s activities and introduce the next day’s focus. We would like to see evidence that you are thinking about what you are encountering in a proactive and thoughtful way.

Once the field portion of the class is completed, you will prepare a final project based on your journals and field notes to culminate your field experience.


Registration for the course will open on November 1, 2018, and close on February 28, 2019. Students will register for this course in SIS. Payment of trip fee and tuition is due at the time of registration (tuition $4,091 + course fee $750). If a student decides to drop this course, $500 of the tuition is non-refundable, regardless of a student’s payment method choice (financial aid, employer assistance, tuition remission, etc.). Please note: this course does not follow the regular tuition refund schedule and ALL tuition and fees for this course are NON-REFUNDABLE after the course closes at the end of February.

The course needs 10 people to run. Complete refunds will be made if there are not enough people to run the course. The maximum number of people for the course is 14. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis with priority given to ESP degree candidates.

***Do not purchase travel or make other investments in your trip until you hear from the course Point of Contact (POC) Dr. Burgess (Director, ESP-GIS), that there are enough participants to run the trip. This will be determined by February, possibly earlier.***

Exclusions (not part of the trip fee)

  • Roundtrip airfare to Newfoundland (Arrival is to St. Johns’s, but departure will be Deer Lake)
  • Camping/hiking equipment
  • Overnight hotels (Arrival and Departure)
  • Personal expenses
  • Food

Student Mobility

Good health and mobility are essential (we will be outdoors hiking and sleeping under the stars). Openness to a cross-cultural experience is necessary too. At least one hike will be 8-hrs long and rugged.

Health and Travel Insurance

Well before departure, check with your doctor to see if you need any immunizations or medications before traveling. Immunization information can also be found at the sites for the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization International Travel and Health. Click here for the Johns Hopkins University Travel Resources.

Participants should make sure their health insurance and accident insurance covers them while traveling abroad. Additional coverage can be purchased through a variety of travel insurance options. To compare policies and for further information, visit a travel insurance comparison site such as Insure My Trip or Square Mouth.

HX Global, Inc.

Johns Hopkins is a member of HX Global, Inc., which covers JHU students while participating in international courses. HX Global, Inc. is medical and emergency evacuation assistance, it is NOT health insurance. Students are encouraged to review HX Global, Inc. benefits/information by going to MyJH, selecting Travel, then Travel Program. If you cannot access it through JHU’s website go directly to the HX Global website. First-time users will need to register and enter the Policy Number JH18492. Members can use the site to access medical and travel safety information.

For more travel information please visit the AAP Student Travel page.

Student Emergency Contact Information

Students must update their emergency contact information in SIS by following these instructions:

  1. Log in to
  2. Hover over the “Personal Information” tab
  3. Select “Emergency Contact”
  4. Complete “Emergency Contact” information

Important Forms for the Field Study

Note: For the International Travel Registry, you will need to log-in using your JHED ID. Click on the “My Travel Profile” in the upper left-hand corner. Please complete the “My Travel Profile” form in its entirety.


Students will make their own travel arrangements to St. Johns and from Deer Lake airports for the field component of the course. The university is not responsible for refunds, penalties, or other fees that may be incurred or lost for changes or cancellations of airfare. Trip insurance is recommended.

Each student must have a valid, signed, US passport, one that has an expiration date that is at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival in Canada carried on their person, in order to enter and leave Canada. Students should allow plenty of time to obtain a new passport or renew one that is set to expire. Expedited service is recommended. No visa is required for US citizens; non-US citizens should contact the Embassy of Canada to find out about visa requirements.