Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology
- Get hands-on experience in conservation research field methods, with an emphasis on developing observational skills.
- Define an ecological research question, and conduct a guided pilot study.
- Share your findings in a final presentation and poster.
- Explore the complexity of environmental problems in social, political, and economic contexts through class debates and discussions.
June 21 – 28, 2020 (1 week)
- College Credits
Includes instruction, room and board, tuition, and activity fees
- Who's Eligible?
Rising high school juniors and seniors
Meet the Faculty
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
In this residential course, you’ll live on the SMSC campus for one week, learning through a combination of classroom lectures, discussions, field experiences, and outdoor adventures with SMSC faculty and other conservation practitioners. You’ll be introduced to the major concepts of ecology that apply to species and habitat conservation, including:
- species interactions
- populations and ecosystems
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
- Understand the complex nature of present-day conservation in practice
- Investigate complex ecological systems and ask questions about the influence of human impacts
- Critically review conservation issues and responses based on sound science
- Network with leading conservation science and policy practitioners
- Develop skills in ecological field research, collect preliminary data, define a research question to address an issue in conservation, and present your question and preliminary findings to a general audience.