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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“My time in Namibia was the most memorable experience of my life. Round River is such a unique organization that provides the opportunity for future conservation practitioners to play a significant role in community conservation initiatives. These initiatives are not make believe, but instead are directly benefiting the livelihoods of thousands of people. The entire time I was in Namibia I was fully immersed in a place and culture so different than mine. My eyes were opened every day to new people and experiences. Round River gave me the opportunities to interact in a sensitive and meaningful way with indigenous communities. These unique experiences constantly made me revaluate my lifestyle and perceptions of the world. My time in Namibia reinforced my desire to pursue a career in community-based conservation and gave me the professional skills and real world experiences to make that desire a reality.”
– Nick Clarke, Colorado State University, Namibia Program 2008