What you will experience
Working with Local People
We understand that people living in the areas we work are the long-term stewards of that landscape. Round River forms 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 first hand experience with their culture, but also be exposed to the complexities of achieving conservation objectives in communities with diverse needs and interests.
Ultimately, these programs are about getting your hands dirty, and offering you the satisfaction of knowing that the projects you are working on are contributing to actual conservation initiatives. You will gain field skills and learn how to design research studies. Round River feels that it is essential that anyone interested in conservation and the environment, whether in science or the Humanities, get out and walk on the land. We strive to attract students from all backgrounds from Biology to English majors.
Our courses are accredited through Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Semester programs entail 5 courses for 15 credit hours, while the summer program has 3 courses for 9 credit hours. Lectures are offered by our instructors and researchers or local experts, and are as likely to take place around the campfire in the evening as at one of the research stations. During the program you will work with your fellow students, guided by instructors and other researchers to compile and analyze the data you have collected. At the end of the program, you will produce a written report and present your findings to our local partners.
Why Round River is Different
Round River is more than just an outdoor classroom, summer camp or tourist like experience, and students quickly realize they are part of something dynamic. While you will gain experience and be better prepared and more qualified for graduate school by doing this fieldwork, you may also after working in these wild landscapes find the inspiration for what you truly want your education and life in conservation to be.