Round River Conservation Studies is a non-profit organization that offers students unique, field-based study abroad programs in North America, South America, and Africa. These programs vary from 6 week summer programs to full semester programs.
The following aspects characterize a Round River program:
Small group size (5-10 students)
Field-based (students are camping for much or all of the semester)
Hands-on, interactive learning
Research (students conduct fieldwork and gain valuable research skills)
Cultural exchange (students often work alongside local people, and/or have opportunities to interact with the local community)
Round River is dedicated to conservation strategies that preserve and restore wild places; they strive to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. These efforts are anchored in the principles of conservation biology, supported by field research and community planning. The name, Round River, is taken from Aldo Leopold’s essay Round River, along with the idea that ecological study enriches one’s personal land ethic.
Our programs bring students to remote places to conduct real research and contribute to real, local conservation efforts. These experiences enhance a student’s sense of place, and allow students to work alongside Round River’s conservation staff as well as our local community partners. This often involves a good dose of adventure, cultural exchange, and personal growth.
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COOL PROGRAM OF THE WEEK
Explore Patagonia, Chile with Round River. Students spend most of a semester hiking, bushwhacking, and back-packing while conducting wildlife research and assisting the local partners with conservation projects in the stunning beauty of this South American region.
The semester is spent exploring two national parks: Bernardo O’Higgins to the south and Patagonia National Park to the north. Round River partners with CONAF and Conservacion Patagonica to assist with local conservation and biodiversity monitoring projects in these two protected areas. This unique programs give students the opportunity to contribute to local conservation, while gaining valuable field skills and earning undergraduate course credits. Small group size (8-12 students) ensures you get to know other students and instructors well, and allows the group to access remote wilderness areas with minimal ecological impacts.
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Camping for an entire semester! Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, home to some of the world’s most abundant and diverse wildlife populations. Students conduct wildlife research and work with local people.
The Okavango Delta, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of the world’s most abundant and diverse wildlife populations. Our projects involve working closely with local people to implement a wildlife monitoring program in the Delta. Students conduct wildlife surveys, monitor rare and threatened bird species, and enjoy amazing wildlife viewing opportunities in one of Africa’s most vibrant wetland and savannah ecosystems. Our unique programs give students the opportunity to contribute to local conservation, while gaining valuable field skills and earning undergraduate course credits.
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