In response to the Ministry of Education's Higher Education project called SPROUT （Sustained Progress and Rise of Universities in Taiwan 高教深耕） the National Dong Hwa University's （NDHU） College of Indigenous Peoples （CIS） is leading a project called College - Indigenous Communities Alliance （部落結盟） , which serves CIS's missions and goals to students and indigenous communities. Professors Jolan HSIEH （Bavaragh Dagalomai謝若蘭） and CHEN Yi-feng （陳毅峰） has planned and arranged two critical learning field trips for their doctoral students in the Fall semester of 2020 for this project. The critical leaning field trips are for engaging doctoral students' to connect academic theories to indigenous knowledge and critical issues.
Over the last 6 months, COVID-19 had made a huge impact on most people's lives; it also creates an opportunity for nature to recover. A few months after the beginning of the epidemic, many rare wild animal species reappear, including whale sharks, which was seen not long ago at the open sea near Taiwan.