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Nilgiris Field Learning Center

A Project of the Keystone Foundation & Cornell University

Who We Are


The Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC) provides transformative learning experiences for all participants — community members, students, professionals and faculty — who work alongside each other to engage in, give back, and benefit from the work done at the Center. The NFLC brings together Cornell’s strength in research and teaching with Keystone Foundation’s experience and knowledge base built in two decades of work in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve (NBR).

Typical classes are 10 – 14 students, comprised of Cornell sophomores and juniors from across Colleges and departments paired with students from indigenous communities across the NBR. The teaching team includes 4 core faculty from Cornell, a faculty member from the University of Hawaii, as well as Keystone staff and local experts who assist in leading curriculur and field research components.


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