The Summer 2023 Field Schools are underway!! This year, we have both an Origins Field School and a Global Innovation Field School, being led by Dr. Nicholas Taylor and Acacia Leakey respectively, with Teaching Assistant Medina Lubisia.

We arrived in Turkana earlier today, having spent an amazing few days at Mpala Research Center and sightseeing in Nairobi.

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Landing in Turkana with the TBI Cessna Caravan

The students kicked off their time in Kenya with a visit to the National Museums – where they saw exhibits about the amazing fossil heritage of Kenya, as well as getting up close and personal with some interesting reptiles. They also visited a local Giraffe conservation center, which educates visitors about the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes.


On the 24th we traveled to Mpala in Laikipia, crossing the equator in Nanyuki.

Students at the equator

Crossing the equator in Nanyuki!

Mpala hosts many interesting research projects, and is home to amazing animals and landscapes. Here, the Origins Field School students learned about evolution in the context of the savannah ecosystem, while the Global Innovation Field School students explored local water and power infrastructure.

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The incredible Mt. Kenya, seen from the top of our hike up MuKenya.

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The Global Innovation students discuss river dynamics and water extraction with Mr. John Gitonga from Mpala.

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On a game drive!


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Enjoying the view of northern Laikipia on the hike up MuKenya.

Watch this space! We’ll be sharing more news about the field schools as the students live and learn in the incredible Turkana Basin!