Environmental Studies (ENVS) at King's

Helping to sustain the Earth requires an understanding of the scientific and social aspects of environmental issues. By standing in awe of God's creation, and confronting pressing issues head on, we can cultivate a world that flourishes with life and abundance for all.

Inside This Program

Understand, Protect, Restore

Explore our incredible natural world and find solutions to challenges like climate change, food security, or habitat degradation. Examine how humans impact life on this planet and ways we might build lifestyles and societies that allow us to live in harmony with creation.

Participate In Hands-On Experiences

As an ENVS student, you can look forward to interactive classrooms and laboratory activities, annual field trips throughout Western Canada, and a summer internship. 

Specialize In Areas You Find Most Interesting

Environmental studies at King's tackles issues from multiple perspectives at the same time. Pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies to focus on human aspects of environmental stewardship such as government policy, social change, and sustainable practices. Choose a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies if you want to dive into conservation biology, reclamation work, or other pursuits from a scientific perspective.

Off-Campus Studies

Field Trips

The best way to learn about the environment is to spend time exploring it! In addition to day trips to locations and initiatives around Edmonton, several courses feature overnight trips to national parks, natural resource sites, and unique geographical features.

Regular field trips include:

  • Edmonton: River valley and ravine system (hikes, rafting, etc.); Wastewater Treatment Plant; Waste Management Centre; net-zero church and social housing project; urban social justice walk
  • Fort McMurray: Oil sands and pulp mill
  • Banff & Canmore: Town planners, park wardens, local environmental agencies
  • Jasper: Physical geography of mountains and glaciers
  • Drumheller: Physical geography of the Alberta badlands
  • Crowsnest Pass/Cypress Hills: Ecology of plants, mammals, and birds

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

King's partnership with the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies opens 22 additional field-based environmental studies courses to students. With campuses located in Tiruchirappalli, India; Great Lakes in northern Michigan; Vera Blanca, Costa Rica; Pacific Rim Institute, Whidbey Island; and Chicago, Illinois, Au Sable offers topics ranging from marine biology to tropical agriculture to alpine ecology.

Au Sable is dedicated to inspiring and educating people to serve, protect and restore God's earth.


All environmental studies students participate in a 13-week summer internship after completing their third year. ENVS alumni have held internships in municipal, provincial, and federal government, small and large-scale industry, and non-governmental organizations. Interns gain valuable experience by putting the skills and knowledge they are learning in their program into practice.

  • Student Wildlife Technician, Canadian Wildlife Services, Environment Canada
  • Conservation Educator, City of Okotoks
  • Laboratory Technologist, Imperial Oil
  • Summer Technician, Parsons Consulting,
  • Conservation Site Officer, Alberta Conservation Association
  • Education and Outreach, North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
  • International Environmental Research Assistant: Conservation Agriculture, Kenya
  • Seasonal Parks Ranger, BC Parks

Research Profiles

Moyer, Joanne M., and A. John Sinclair. 2022. “Faith-Based Environmental Engagement in Canada: An Environmental Governance Perspective.” Society and Natural Resources 35(8): 836-855. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2022.2079786

Moyer, Joanne M., Julia Gesshe, and Harry Spaling. 2024. “Environmental Sustainability in the Mennonite Community: An Analysis of the Canadian Mennonite (2003-2021),” Journal of Mennonite Studies 41(2): 147-174.

Conference panel: "Making the sustainability transition politically feasible" (ID627) at the Earth System Governance Conference 2022" "Governing accelerated transitions. Justice, creativity and power in a transforming world"

The ever-increasing probability of a global ecological collapse in the near future has hitherto not made a dent in the continued expansive drive of global development. While the need for far-reaching societal transformation becomes ever more apparent as a condition to achieve sustainability, agents and structures of governance, as well as individual and collective practices at both the global and local levels, seem to remain trapped in a fundamental dilemma: managing the ecological crisis, in order to keep its disruptive effects in check when possible, while simultaneously guaranteeing the continuity of the capitalist consumer society and pursuing the universalization of inherently unsustainable ways of life.

Vanhulst, Julien , Karla Gonzalez Tapia, Adrian E. Beling, Ricardo Rivas, Rachel Elfant (2022). "From NIMBY to transformation? Lessons from four case studies in the Maule Region in Chile." Local Environment, DOI:

Research on local environmental struggles as a politicisation process opens space to reflect on the contributions of socio-ecological resistance movements toward systemic sustainability governance. This article seeks to empirically test Sebastien’s theoretical and methodological framework on enlightening resistance through four case studies from Chile, while additionally exploring the capacity of politically proactive movements to push socio-ecological change beyond lifeworld sustainability toward systemic sustainability.

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