To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.
— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation from Round River
The focus of Round River’s Environmental Study Abroad Program is to encourage and expand the commitments, minds and spirits of future conservationists by cultivating an active, informed and inspired constituency of young scholars, as conservation scientists, artists, activists and advocates by providing innovative conservation education and leadership training.
Round River’s conservation projects in Africa, Asia, South America, Central America and North America involve small groups of students in wildlife, cultural and exploratory research projects that are finding and implementing solutions to real sustainability and environmental issues. Our students are vital contributors to the conservation initiatives of Round River and our local partners.
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“This program will immerse you into a country whose natural landscapes, wildlife and people are both extraordinary and incredibly unique. For three months me and my 4 classmates camped out in the Botswana bush, living amongst lions, elephants, hyenas and leopards. Each day began with the excitement of never knowing what might happen that day and ended with the nightly calls of close by hyenas and lions. The best part about this program was that your classroom was your home. We had lectures around the campfire and did our readings in our tents, only to be able to experience what we learned the next day. Our research directly influenced and helped the local communities as well as the Botswana government. If you are looking for the most unique, unbelievable and authentic field experience than this program is the right one for you.”
– Ben, University of Vermont ‘17, Botswana Program