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PACIFIC BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Conservation Science and Leadership Course:
Scholarships are Available and Application Deadline Extended

March 1, 2016

The application deadline for PBI’s new four-week Conservation Science and Leadership Course has been extended to March 15. The course will take place May 23 through June 19, 2016, in the biologically-rich and scenic North Cascades Mountains and Methow Valley of Washington State. This course is designed as a perfect complement to college and university programs in ecology, environmental studies, conservation biology or natural resource management. It provides an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to hone leadership skills, gain essential scientific knowledge and connect with dynamic conservation professionals. 

Please forward this email to students, graduates, or anyone you know who may be interested in participating in this field-based course.*

*A few scholarships are available for students who cannot afford to cover the full food and lodging cost.


Students will participate in PBI's ongoing research projects and hands-on activities focused on ponderosa pine forests, wildfire impacts, riparian ecosystems, endangered wildlife and ecosystem restoration.

Students will learn about current conservation topics, state-of-the-art research techniques, and restoration and management approaches. They will conduct wildlife surveys using wildlife cameras and hair-sampling methods, vegetation sampling plots, bird point-counts, and use GIS mapping tools. 

Students will also participate in community service projects, multi-day field trips, and team research projects.

Most importantly, students will learn leadership, decision-making and communication skills from seasoned conservation leaders and other natural resource professionals who can help them with career decisions and provide a valuable network of contacts at the beginning of their career.

More information about the course, and an application, can be found on our website.

The goal of this course is to enable young scientists and potential conservation leaders to discover and pursue their educational and career goals with a powerful skill set, knowledge, connections with conservation leaders and passion for protecting the natural world.

We are honored that the Mountaineers Foundation chose this course as the very first program funded through their new Paul Wiseman Environmental Education Grant. The grant covers a significant portion of the course budget, and students will be asked to cover the cost of lodging and meals at the North Cascades Basecamp, but we are still seeking additional funds to ensure we can make this the best experience possible for young conservation science leaders. If you can help us cover these additional costs, please donate online today, or mail a check to the address below. Thank you!
Student-led discussion group on the lawn at the North Cascades Basecamp.
Students participate in reflective time journaling about their experiences.
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