Department of Biology

Field Trips

Nature's laboratory (the "field") offers experiences quite different from those found in the confines of four walls (the "bench").

Trip to Tosohatchee

Off-campus outings like this animal conservation class trip to the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area give biology students hands-on experience in setting up transect lines.

Trip to Mead Gardens

Within walking distance of Rollins College, Mead Botanical Garden is the perfect place to conduct a vertebrate zoology class with Dr. Fokidis.

Eating On The Run!

Dr. Stephenson shows his Field Botany students the proper way to eat a prickly pear cactus on a recent field trip to the Everglades National Park.

Identifying Native Plants

One of many great learning experiences in Field Botany are the trips to state parks throughout Florida, such as Everglades National Park, to gain firsthand knowledge in identifying native plants.


As a biology or marine biology student at Rollins College and depending which classes you take you will be able to participate in a number of near and off-campus field experiences. The campus is adjacent to Lake Virginia and the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, and the College also supports a modern greenhouse that is used extensively by the department. Biology maintains a significant travel fund that enables field trips to local state parks and wilderness areas, the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the Florida Keys, and the Everglades.  Biology 388 Marine Bio Lab, for example, is offered regularly and allows students to study marine life at marine laboratories in Hawaii, the Bahamas, or the coast of New England. In this course students do comprehensive, in-field-ecological analyses of representative temperate or tropical marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, rocky/sandy intertidal, mangroves, and estuarine areas.

In addition, students may choose to spend an entire semester at the Duke University Marine Lab which offers undergraduate residential courses in fall and spring semesters and in two summer terms. Courses are taught by world-renowned faculty from Duke University and other universities and research institutions. Small class sizes and an island setting facilitate rewarding student-faculty interactions. Enrollment is open to all Duke and qualified non-Duke students.