ALPINE ADVANCES CONSERVATION THROUGH:
- STUDENTS: facilitating opportunities and career development with conservation organizations and agencies to provide real-world experience with conservation practitioners, research and project opportunities, and leadership development.
- FACULTY: sharing current research and curriculum to facilitate more teaching of land conservation and to address critical issues in conservation science, law, policy, finance, and other fields.
- ADMINISTRATIONS: providing examples of institutions that have prioritized land protection and stewardship for their own institutional lands, community areas, and regional landscapes.
- ALUMNI: engaging with institutional efforts and advancing land protection regionally, locally, and in their own backyards.
Coordinating with Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs). RCPs are collaborations of organizations, agencies, and individuals that advance conservation in their region. ALPINE works with RCPs by linking land trusts and other partners and colleges to collaborate, by encouraging student projects and internships, and by providing career development.
Sharing information and successful strategies. ALPINE is building a database of New England academic institutions engaged in land protection and stewardship. Materials include strategies for working with administrations and alumni, profiles, and case studies.
Engaging students to involve them in the work of land protection. ALPINE hosts an annual Summer Institute program, focused on leadership in land conservation for undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals and staffed by experts in the field of land conservation from the Harvard Forest, the Highstead Foundation, the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy and the Schoodic Institute in Maine. ALPINE partners with the Harvard College Conservation Society, to host an annual Careers in Conservation Conference for students interested in job opportunities and careers in the conservation field.
Sharing educational materials, tools and resources. ALPINE is working with faculty to actively share lectures and curricula on land protection, develop courses and seminars, and advance faculty and student research.