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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.
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, and our environmental study abroad programs involve small groups of students in finding and implementing solutions to wildlife conservation and sustainability challenges.
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 work is in the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans of Botswana. In South and Central America, we continue in the Aysén Region of Patagonia in Chile, while working to develop a project in the Pantanal of Brazil. In Asia, our efforts are in the Darhad Valley of Huvsgul Province, Mongolia.
“Though not as large or as rich as the “Big Green” environmental organizations in Washington, DC, New York, or San Francisco, Round River Conservation Studies has delivered more real and more lasting conservation outcomes than many wealthier groups. I think I know why. I think that the edifice of their success is built on a foundation of people-to-people relationships cultivated over years.
“Instead of just coming and going, they come and they stay. Instead of superficial meetings and conferences with hundreds of people, they build solid and deep networks of long-lasting relationships in a few, strategically selected nations and with key individuals.
“I have noted that the friendships they patiently develop with charismatic locals in Africa and elsewhere are based on affection and trust. And I believe that it is no exaggeration to say that the conservation achievements of Round River Conservation Studies will persist and spread for decades.” — Michael Soulé
Student Programs & Study Abroad
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 our conservation initiatives. Student participation is available in the programs below.