Who We Are

Inspiring young people to environmental stewardship through academics and engagement with the forests, lakes, and wildlife of Lowenwood.

Our Vision

Five Students at sunset






Conserve School carries forward Jim Lowenstine’s legacy by providing a diverse group of young people with a residential academic setting that fosters:

  • understanding of the science of natural resource conservation,
  • commitment to protecting the environment,
  • an inclination toward careers that help conserve the natural world,
  • enjoyment of outdoor activities, and
  • love and respect for nature.

Canoeing in Outdoor Skills Course


Our Program

Conserve School is for students who have demonstrated a genuine interest in the natural world and who are motivated to conserve it. This semester-long immersion in environmental studies and outdoor activities deepens students’ love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards.

The program interweaves college-preparatory academics with:

  • the study of environmental history, nature literature, and the science of conservation,
  • environmental service work,
  • exploration of careers related to conservation,
  • training in teamwork and leadership, and
  • engagement with the outdoors.

Designed primarily for high school juniors, Conserve School incorporates the flexibility to accommodate advanced sophomores.

Conserve School students become part of a community that heightens their sense of identity and self-worth and imparts the confidence they need to go forward and make a difference, not only as stewards of the environment, but also as stewards of their own destinies. Click here for Conserve School's Program Guide.


Learning Goals

Conserve School accomplishes its purpose through the successful delivery of its learning goals. Click here for Conserve School's Learning Goals.


A Brief History of Conserve School

Conserve School first opened its doors to students on August 17, 2002.


Nondiscrimination Policy

Conserve School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Conserve School. Conserve School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.



Conserve School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 36-4140938) and as such donations are tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.