What We Do
Wild places are important in and of themselves, Round River is dedicated to the conservation of those increasingly rare vast landscapes, their inherent wildness and the ecological complexity that sustains them and inspires us. We employ the principles of conservation biology to provide our partners’ well-founded scientific basis for their long-term conservation efforts. The edict of Aldo Leopold’s Round River, in the face of global climate challenges, today rings ever truer. Fundamental to our work is the vitality of local cultures and communities requiring comprehensive approaches to capture the ecologies that sustain these systems. We also believe wild landscapes are powerful educators as our environmental study abroad programs involve small groups of students in finding and implementing solutions to wildlife conservation and sustainability issues.
Where We Work
Since 1991 Round River has conducted ecological research and engaged in conservation planning in the Blue Range of Arizona, the Great Bear and Muskwa-Kechika of British Columbia, the canyons of southern Utah, the highlands of southern Ecuador, the Mackenzie Delta of the Northwest Territories, the tropical forests of Belize, and the Yaak Valley of Montana.
Our current efforts in North America are focused in British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, and the Rocky Mountains of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. In Africa, our current work is in the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans of Botswana. In South and Central America, our work is in the Aysén Region of Patagonia in Chile, and in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. In Asia, we are planning for a new project in the Darhad Valley of Huvsgul Province, Mongolia.
Student Study Abroad Programs
Expanding the Commitments, Minds, and Spirits of Future Conservationists
Round River believes wild landscapes are powerful educators. In Africa, Asia, and North, Central and South America, our environmental study abroad programs are designed to involve small groups of students in ongoing community and ecological research projects, finding and implementing solutions to real wildlife conservation and sustainability issues. The efforts of our students contribute significantly to each Round River conservation initiative.
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Round River is working and achieving success in some of the world’s most magnificently wild places and we are being asked to bring our own brand of community involvement and science to many other threatened landscapes.