On December 13, six college students from Holland, Michigan’s Hope College arrived on campus to participate in a week-long field course focusing on Island Ecology and Geology. Led by Professor Brian Bodenbender, the group explored the island of Eleuthera- both above and below water. During their many field excursions, they examined the cross bedding of ancient sand dunes and the magnificent coral reefs of Half Sound. Although challenged by the sustainable lifestyle of our small island community, the group returned to the the states with a refreshed understanding of island ecology and the ways in which humans are connected to and impact their environment.