Field Trips

An important emphasis in our teaching consists in exploring real life settings to address research questions from an inter-disciplinary angle. We organize 1-day up to 14-day field trips, either individually or with partners from other chairs and institutions.

Inter-disciplinary Excursions

This excursion is a combination of history and forestry. It started more than 50 years ago upon the joint initiative of the silviculture professor Köstler and the art history professor Sedlmayer. The two professors shared the idea that buildings and forests can both be conceived as expressions of human interference and were excited about exploring parallels. Given that our forests are mainly second growth, considering their history is important for understanding their current structure. Aproaching this history is done by visiting built artifacts like churches or castles.

The interdisciplinary excursion is an inter-university excursion since 1999. Students from the LMU department on art history, the TUM Weihenstephan campus and international students participate in the excursion.


  • 2020: Baden and France
  • May 30-June 02, 2019 Lower Franconia, Hesse, Thuringia
  • May 10-13, 2018: Upper Palatinate and Czech Republic
  • June 15-18, 2017: Austria
  • May 26-29, 2016: Switzerland
  • June 4-7, 2015: Swabian Alb and Swabian-Franconian Forest
  • June 19-22, 2014: Czech Republic
  • May 30-June 1, 2013: Pfaffenwinkel area in Bavaria
  • May 17-20, 2012: Palatinate region, Bavaria
  • June 23- 26, 2011: Upper Franconia, Bavaria
  • June 3-5, 2010: Lake Constance area
  • June 11-13, 2009: Danube River area
  • May 1-5, 2008: Alpine Upland and Austria
  • June 7-10, 2007: Regensburg
  • June 15-18, 2006: Upper Swabia
  • May 5-8, 2005: South-East Bavaria
  • May 20-23, 2004: Werdenfels Country in Upper Bavaria
  • May 9-11, 2003: Lower Bavaria and Bavarian Forest
  • May 9-12, 2002: Lower Franconia, Swabia
  • May 24- 27, 2001: Czech Republic
  • June 9-11, 2000: Swabia

Yale Excursion and Summer School

The former forest policy professor Plochmann initiated the first US-German field trip. In 1980, Yale students came to visit German forestry. In 1987, German students from our school went for the first to the US in order to learn about forestry across the Atlantic. The joint Yale-TUM excursions with students from both forestry schools are organized on a regular basis since 1993, following a three-year go around: (1) Yale F&ES students visit Germany or neighboring countries; (2) TUM forestry students visit the US; (3) no excursion in the third year, organization of a joint Summer School instead. The field trip language is English, including – where necessary – provision of translation service if German guides do not speak sufficient English. A mix of research question related to silviculture, ecology and forest policy informs the 14-day Yale-TUM field trips.


  • May 2022: (Northern) Bavaria
  • 2020 and 2021: No field trips due to the COVID-19-Crisis
  • May 2019: Summer School, Bavaria’s Alpine Forests
  • May 2018: Colorado and New Mexico
  • May 2017: Baden-Württemberg and France
  • May 2016: Summer School, Bavaria’s Alpine Forests
  • May 2015: Northern California, USA
  • May 2014: Poland
  • May 2013: Summer School, Bavaria’s Alpine Forests
  • May 2012: The Pacific Northwest – Washington and Oregon, USA
  • May 2011: Austria, Slovenia, Croatia
  • May 2010: Summer School, USA
  • May 2009: The South-East of the USA
  • May 2008: The alpine region – Bavaria, Austria and Italy
  • Sept 2007: Summer School, Yale University Forests, USA
  • May 2006: The South-West – Arizona, USA
  • May 2005: Mid-Germany and France
  • May 2003: Rocky Mountains in Canada and Montana, USA
  • May 2002: Alpine Region – Bavaria, Austria and Slovenia
  • May 2000: California, USA
  • May 1999: East-Bavaria, Franconia and Czech Republic
  • May 1997: The Pacific North-West, USA, and Canada
  • May 1996: The Bavarian Alps
  • May 1994: The South-East of the USA
  • May 1993: Bavaria and the new „Bundesländer“ (federal states) of Germany

Other Field Trips

As part of our teaching, we organize one-day trips to illustrate and explore forest and land-use related issues in political decision-making. These include visits to the Bavarian Parliament with its environment and agriculture committee or municipalities that foster adoption of technologies for renewable energies.