Round River Conservation Studies

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Study Afield. Make a Difference.

What Makes Us Unique:
Round River believes landscapes are powerful educators. We currently offer wildlife conservation programs in Mongolia, Belize, British Columbia, Chile, Botswana, and the western United States. We form partnerships with local people and organizations in order to provide scientific expertise and help form conservation strategies that work in accordance with that community’s environmental values. As a student, you will work and interact with these people, and not only get to experience their More culture first-hand, but also be exposed to the complexities of achieving conservation objectives in communities with diverse needs and interests.
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Unlike other field-based study away programs, our groups are very small (5-9 students). Our programs operate more like a tight-knit biological field research crew than an all class field trip. You will be living within the landscapes and communities you study and transforming the knowledge and data collected into meaningful, applicable recommendations for long-term land use management and community-based conservation efforts. The efforts of our students contribute significantly to the larger conservation initiatives of Round River and our local partners.
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While you will gain experience and be better prepared and more qualified for graduate school by participating in this fieldwork, you may also find in these wild places the tools to navigate a life rooted in deeper respect for the planet and its inhabitants.

What’s Included in Our Programs:
You will gain field skills and learn how to design research studies. Students participate in ongoing research projects, working closely with local people and communities, to find and implement solutions to real conservation and environmental issues, afford them upper-division academic credit (15 credits for semester programs and 9 credits for summer programs), and provide our students with invaluable personal and professional development opportunities.
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Our semester programs are just under More three months long (84 days to be exact). For that duration and the 15 hours of semester credit, Round River is affordable compared to other options of shorter length and fewer credits. And every day is packed! Summer terms are exactly half the length of our full semester programs at 6 weeks (42 days) and provide 9 hours of credit. Except for personal expenses, once on site, Round River takes care of most expenses including food, board, and in-country travel for the duration of the program.
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Federal financial aid can be used for our programs, and we offer our Edward Abbey Scholarship as well. If finances are a concern, please contact us. We’ll work with every student to explore opportunities that will allow them to get out in the field and make a difference with us.

More About Us:

Round River 2020-2021 Student Programs Brochure

NEW domestic program – Sky Island Borderlands of the Southwestern U.S. – $1,300 tuition discount for Spring 2021 applicants!

Round River Patagonia Student Program – Sample Research Expedition to the Pascua River, Fall 2017

Online Application Link

Program Partner Info

TERMS:
Semester – Spring, Short Term – Summer, Semester – Fall


LOCATIONS:
Belize, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Mongolia, United States


COURSES:
Animal Science, Biology, Conservation and Preservation, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Cultures, Natural Sciences, Wildlife Sciences