A Conserve School semester often acts as a springboard to other great adventures and educational opportunities. Our alums have spanned the globe learning, exploring, and helping others and our planet.
Follow in their footsteps or blaze your own trail with these programs recommended by our alums and staff.
- Cottonwood Gulch
- TeenLife Summer Programs
- CSG Summer Programs for Girls
- National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
- Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)
- Woolman Teen Leadership Camp
From Cottonwood Gulch: Our expeditions travel to wilderness areas and explore them — on foot. Each group will visit several different regions of the Southwest: red rock canyons, high desert mesas, and alpine ranges. We explore mostly on foot, backpacking and day-hiking into the backcountry, but we also take canoe trips through river canyons. The wilderness areas of the Southwest are vast. They conceal remarkable cultural secrets as well, including important ruins and contemporary Native American communities. Just like any expedition throughout history, our wilderness expeditions have as their purpose the discovery of new knowledge. First, it is our goal to find new information about all the places we visit and add to our knowledge base about the Southwest. This includes a field guide to the flora and fauna of the high desert and an inventory of historical sites in the Southwest. Second, it is our goal to live and work as a community, learning to rely on our fellow Trekkers and to trust ourselves. Our expeditions demand personal responsibility and a commitment to the group from each of their members.
From the NOLS website: With courses ranging from 10 days to a full academic year, we attract highly motivated students who want to learn how to lead. Our hands on, learn-by-doing approach means that our graduates get the skills they need to be competent, responsible wilderness travelers long after their course is over.
- More incredible trips to places like Tahoe National Forest and the Yuba River, as well as some cool new destinations!
- Learn new skills like trip planning and leadership, trail cooking, native plant identification, and permaculture.
- Leadership opportunities for working with the younger campers at Sierra Friends Camp.
- Place-based education will give you fascinating insights about the natural world you call home.
- Service trips combine good work with interesting learning and great fun.
- Amazing friendships that last a lifetime!