Tropical Green School Program

IISAC has developed a Tropical Green School in Kerala, South India to promote faculty-led field courses in tropical biodiversity, ecology, wild life biology, resource management, sustainable development, environmental sciences and public health. Kerala, known as a mega biodiversity hotspot, is ranked as one of the ten paradises on earth by National Geographic Traveler and is an ideal natural history destination for nature, environment and health related field studies and research.

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Biological wealth of Kerala

Kerala, a state in Southern India, is blessed with an enchanting array of natural beauty- from beautiful beaches to backwaters to tropical forests. Considering its biological significance, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recognized Kerala as one of the world’s ‘mega biodiversity regions’.

This mega biodiversity region accounts for a major portion of the Indian plant and animal diversity. This region is a home to nearly 10,035 plant species including 4575 species of angiosperms (1272 of which are endemic, 159 threatened) including 900 species of highly sought medicinal plants, 329 pteridophytes, 226 bryophytes, 428 lichens and 866 algae. The faunal diversity of Kerala is also remarkable with 5300 invertebrates, 136 species of mammals (56 are endemic), 477 birds, 156 reptiles (140 are endemic), 93 amphibians (86 endemic) and 282 inland varieties of fish. In addition to the immense beauty and rich biodiversity in India, Kerala is also known for several Ramsar Convention listed wetlands.

Tropical Green School Courses

  • Tropical Biodiversity
  • Tropical Biology & Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Microeconomics
  • Developmental Studies
  • Kerala Studies
  • Ecotourism
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Tropical Ornithology
  • Tropical Entomology

Tropical Green School Courses

  • Field Study and Field Research
  • Faculty – led Short Term Program
  • Semester Program
  • Student Directed Research Projects
  • Practical Training
  • Connecting with local NGOs
  • Thesis Research
  • Collaborative Research


Program Highlights

  • Explore and experience tropical biodiversity in Western Ghats of Kerala, one of the mega biodiversity hotspots of the world.
  • Three weeks to six weeks winter and summer programs for students from U.S.A interested in tropical ecology, environmental sciences and natural resources management
  • 20 days of expedition through major ecosystems and vegetation zones of Kerala: tropical rainforests, shola savannas, scrub jungles, grasslands, wetlands, estuaries, backwaters, mangroves, coral reefs and agro ecosystems.
  • Special emphasis on Western Ghats biodiversity: wildlife management, forestry projects, identification of flora and fauna, conservation projects, tribal community projects, endemic and threatened species projects.
  • Emphasis on field skills: identification of flora and fauna, biodiversity estimation, water and soil quality testing, natural and altered ecosystem analysis, statistical techniques, forest structure study skills, wildlife management principles, invasive species documentation, conservation techniques, identification of common birds, butterflies, amphibians, dragon flies, damsel flies, medicinal plants, timber yielding plants and non timber products.
  • Hours of hikes and treks, jungle walks and camping, riparian walks, elephant safari, birding, nature photography, backwater cruise, yoga practice, Ayurvedic experience and cultural exchange.
  • Visit to Lakshadweep islands for marine ecology, coral reefs, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing and beaches (by special arrangement).
  • Field visits to environmental NGOs, organic farms, biogas and wind energy farms, spice gardens, plantation crops, vegetable farms and orchards, livestock farms, aquaculture and apiculture centers, environmentally challenged locations and eco heritage centers like sacred groves.
  • Several partner Universities from U.S.A and faculty members from both U.S. and Kerala conduct educational programs through lecture sessions, lab practicals, field visits and field research. Credits direct from your university or transferable from India.
  • Student directed research projects, practical training and opportunities for collaborative research.