ACR’s new Conservation Science Intensive (CSI) combines our commitment to Conservation in Action, our extraordinary female staff, and financial support from Impact100 Sonoma, to create a summer program that would inspire and mentor tomorrow’s female conservationists. The program was brought to fruition by an unprecedented cross-program team that included all of ACR’s female conservation, stewardship, and education staff. Over the course of five days in June, a diverse group of nine young women, ages 16 & 17, visited each of ACR’s four preserves to learn from and work with each of the team members, while developing their skills in natural history, fire ecology, radio telemetry, invasive species control, vegetation assessment, and marine ecology.

Summer 2017 program dates and application forms will be available here in October 2016.

 

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Participants of our recent session had this to say about the program:

"I've never learned so much in one day" - Aliya Blinman, speaking about the first day of the CSI program.

"I liked learning from women leaders in conservation about ideas that I usually don't think about." - Hannah Chun

“I think the more you are aware, the more you can appreciate the natural world.” -Hannah Chun

“Sherry taught us how to read the landscape and I never really thought of that; like where fire was and why certain plants are growing in certain areas.” -Emma Maggioncalda

“Everything we’ve learned in this program has been directly applicable to our lives, when we’re out in the world, hiking and living our lives.” -Emma Maggioncalda

“I like that we don’t care what we look like or that we are all sweaty. We’re just here to learn.” -Erin-Rose Charlton

“I am so thankful for this camp because I am experiencing things that I never would have been able to.”  -Sophia Falls

“It is just nice to know that people can do what they love and be happy with their job.” -Amy Stanfield