The Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon) Field Camp

This workshop focuses on understanding the geology and ecology of the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon), as well as familiarization with the common plants and animals which reside in the Ramon area.




Workshop Description

At the Desert Field Camp at Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon), workshop participants will study the causes of craters in the desert landscape, as well as the unique flora and fauna endemic to the crater and how they adapt to extreme conditions. We will also investigate the ways in which humankind impacts and changes the desert ecosystem, and the balance needed between human needs and nature conservation. On this journey we will travel through fascinating landscapes and natural phenomena and incorporate field workshops.

This workshop is also offered in Hebrew.


Workshop Topics

  • - Why craters are created in the desert, how are craters defined, location of craters in Israel and worldwide.
  • - Desert Plants: Adaptation of plants to stress conditions, desert habitats and their significance to plants, trees and their contribution to the desert ecosystem
  • - Desert Animals: Adaptation of animals to extreme conditions (physiological, habitat and behavioral).
  • - Animal Rehabilitation: Understanding ecological changes from restoring animals to the desert environment
  • - Ancient and new ways of human life in the desert and its environmental impact
  • - Man in the Desert - investigating the delicate balance between human needs and the conservation of nature

Workshop Location Map


Workshop Additional Information

Price: 500 USD / 1600 NIS. The workshop will open to a minimum of 16 participants. Seats are limited!
Workshop Director: Ziv Shertzer
Location: Workshop will be held outdoors. Overnight stay will be in tents.
Workshop Length: 5 days, 40 study hours
Difficulty : Day walks will cover a distance of up to 14km each day. Walks are moderate/difficult.
Equipment Required: Walking gear and outdoors camping gear. We will send a full list of required equipment to participants

Price includes:
1) Full accommodation. Price is based on two people sharing a double tent . 2) 3 meals a day except first day (dinner only) and last day (breakfast and lunch only). 3) Graduate certificate issued by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Magid Continuing Education Institute. 4) Workshop will be held in English.

Price does not include:
1) Transportation to and from the workshop location(Transportation from TLV is available for an additional cost).

Target Audience: Teachers, research students, professionals, knowledge-seekers

Workshop cancelation: We reserve the right not to open the workshop due to a minority of participants or any other reason. In this case the paid tuition will be fully refunded.

Cancelation Policy:
Cancellation within up to 14 days of registration - a refund will be given less a cancellation fee of 5% of the price paid. Cancellation in less than 14 days from registration to 10 days from start of workshop - 90% refund will be given. Cancellation in less than 10 days and up to the day of the workshop - 70% refund will be given.


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