When we empower and inspire educators, advocates, and learners of all ages, we help to ensure a healthier, more livable planet for generations to come. With a focus on current and future conservationists, our conservation education-focused initiatives support the teaching and research needed to advance sustainable land conservation, management, and development, now and in the future.

Education Initiatives

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Academics for Land Protection in New England is a network of people and institutions dedicated to inspiring the next generation of conservationists, especially in and around schools, colleges, and universities.
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The ALPINE Summer Institute program is designed for students and young professionals to learn more about the theory and practice of large land conservation in the early twenty-first century. The program also offers participants the opportunity to meet and network with peers and leaders in the field.
Initiative: Education
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In the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program, K-12 teachers and students collect ecological field data on trees, climate change, and forests within walking distance of their schools. Always accepting new schools, the program centers on (free) scientist-led teacher workshops that build skills in hands-on STEM fieldwork, data analysis, and local, real-world conservation problem-solving.
Initiative: Education
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In support of efforts to inspire the next generation of conservationists, WWF&C partners are committed to offering hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate learners with an interest in conservation, ecology, forestry, and related fields. Visit the Conservation Job Board to explore internship opportunities.
Initiative: Education
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The Charles H.W. Foster award recognizes academic institutions that demonstrate exemplary leadership in land conservation and aims to highlight their continued work as a model for others. The award is named for the distinguished conservation leader and mentor who, throughout a career of leadership in both the academic and public sectors, was a remarkable catalyst of conservation initiatives, serving as a key player in the establishment of both the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge.
Author(s): Marissa Latshaw
Topics: ALPINE, Awards
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Launched by students at Middlebury College, the Wild Hometown Movement is an alliance of place-based, youth-powered environmental clubs and educational programs whose goal is to empower the next generation of environmental leaders. Working on a local scale, student leaders connect youth to the natural world in their college towns and their own hometowns by inspiring young people to be advocates and champions for natural landscapes in the future.
Author(s): Marissa Latshaw
Initiative: Education