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EcoQuest Te Rarangahau Taiao

The EcoQuest Education Foundation Te Rarangahau Taiao has a long-standing partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NREN), University of New Hampshire (UNH). EcoQuest was established in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1999 as a Registered Charitable Trust. EcoQuest operates a Field Centre for applied studies in ecology, resource management and environmental policy. The uniquely interactive field studies programs (semester and summer) have been offered in partnership with UNH since 1999. Programs are accredited by UNH and are open to highly motivated students from around the world. Download brochure 

Our Vision: Catalysts for Sustainability through Education and Research.

Our Mission:

  • To achieve sustainable outcomes through developing awareness of the relationships between the natural and built environments and people and their cultural, social, economic and political realities;

  • To enrich our place and people through service learning;

  • To encourage development of the heart and the spirit as well as the mind and body;

  • To foster global stewardship through international education.

EcoQuest strives to provide a sustainable learning community. EcoQuest offers interdisciplinary, hands-on learning. Our applied approach to field studies allows students to experience first-hand how science, management, planning and policy can interact. EcoQuest students have the opportunity to learn in an environment which acknowledges that the core of sustainability incorporates the natural environment, as well as people and their cultural, socio-economic and political realities. We learn in, about and for the environment, alongside people from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

EcoQuest has a dual focus on education and research. This, coupled with our emphasis on and commitment to service learning, provides students with learning opportunities through real-life case studies and research. All students get a rigorous grounding in ecology, resource management and environmental policy. Semester students have the opportunity to partake in applied research for 4-5 weeks. Our students' research findings make substantial contributions to conservation outcomes in New Zealand. EcoQuest gives students the chance to develop skills and tools to make a difference anywhere on the globe.

Te Rarangahau Taiao means the quest for the natural world. It also means weaving together the strands. We weave the strands of knowledge and understanding, of connections and common futures; not just within Aotearoa New Zealand, but also between New Zealand and the U.S. through our partnership with the University of New Hampshire.


EcoQuest Education Foundation is registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as a Private Training Establishment under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments. NZQA recognises EcoQuest Education Foundation as a Category 1 Provider (see explanation). NZQA is Highly Confident in the educational performance and Confident in the capability in self-assessment of EcoQuest Education Foundation.