Pacific Biodiversity Institute combines innovative scientific research, education, and technical support to inform, enhance and inspire conservation. Our goal is a rich and enduring biological heritage.

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Intensive Field-Based Conservation Science and Leadership Course in the North Cascades


Pacific Biodiversity Institute is offering a 4-week Conservation Science and Leadership Course, May 23 through June 19, 2016. The course will be held in the spectacular North Cascades Mountains and students will gain a diverse and holistic view of ongoing conservation and management issues prevalent throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Who: Upper-level undergraduate students and recent graduates who are preparing to be conservation leaders and professionals.

What: Participate in an intensive 4-week field ecology course learning about relevant conservation biology topics, state-of-the-art field ecology techniques, and delving into research protocols. Also, learn leadership, decision-making and communication skills from seasoned conservation leaders. PBI's goal for this course is to enable young scientists and potential conservation leaders to discover and pursue their educational and career goals and life interests with a powerful skill set, knowledge and passion for the environment. Click here for more details about the course content.

Where: Accomodations and meals are provided at the North Cascades Basecamp in Mazama, Washington. Field trips and regular outings are throughout the Methow Valley to various research locations. For more information on student housing, please email or call the North Cascades Basecamp at 509-996-2334.

When: May 23rd - June 19th, 2016.

Cost: $1,250 to cover lodging and food for the entire course.

Course content includes:

  • Leadership and team development
  • Presentations, field trips, community projects and participating in on-going research
  • Studying conservation and wildlife biology, restoration, forest and fire ecology
  • Conducting biological surveys and sampling methods
  • Learning about wildlands and their role in maintaining biodiversity
  • Discussing philosophical dimensions of human-nature relationships
  • Communication and decision-making skills
  • Networking opportunities with scientists, agencies and organizations
  • Conducting team research projects
  • Hiking, swimming, biking, bird watching, and other recreational opportunities

PBI is accepting applications from students who aspire to be conservation leaders and are interested in the fields of conservation, biological sciences, natural resources, or other similar discipline. We have now filled the available seats for the course, but you may submit an application to, if you would like to be placed on the wait list.

This course is made possible with generous support from the Mountaineers Foundation, Paul Wiseman Environmental Education Grant. Additional funding has been provided by the Washington Foundation for the Environment, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Washington Fish and Wildlife Office.

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