Summer Program: Deforestation

My name is Sophia Watkins and I founded Forest Fund. This is the first year we will be running a course in applied sustainability entrepreneurship. The goal of the summer program is to bring students to the deforestation forefront to understand the economics of destruction firsthand. They will be learning about sustainability problems and analyzing the local and international markets that have generated them (lots on externalities!). By the end of the six weeks they will have formed small teams, picked a sustainability problem, and written and pitched a business plan for a startup to address the problem.

If it would be at all possible to make this opportunity known to undergraduates studying Environmental Studies, we would be very grateful!

Below is the flyer for the summer course and here is a link to a recent interview by The office of Sustainability at Harvard (

Summer Program: Wildlands Studies

Wildlands Studies Summer programs offer a perfect work/school balance. For many students, summer is a time to hit the reset button. Most seek jobs to gain experience or restore bank accounts. A few keep to the grind with summer classes. With our programs, students can do both. Our 5-quarter-credit courses in YellowstoneBanffBig Sur and the California Channel Islands give undergraduates the opportunity to learn field research methods and gain credit for a small portion of the summer while also working a summer job before school starts in the fall. Our courses are extremely affordable (less than $2,850 in tuition), short (2 weeks), and attractive to students who don’t want to miss a term on campus.

There is still space on all of these programs and we encourage students to apply soon! Applications for our programs are available at:


Gabe Andrews
Field Studies Advisor
Wildlands Studies

Announcement/ Opportunity: 21 Day Racial Equity Building Challenge: A New England Food Vision

Transforming New England’s Food System Together

Food Solutions New England is committed to addressing racism in our food system. We believe that we cannot talk about food security, and economic prosperity in our region without facing the realities of discrimination and social inequity:

Learn more:

Free Program: ALPINE Summer Institute for Land Protection

Alpine Summer Institute (Academics for Land Protection in New England

The application period for the 2018 ALPINE Summer Institute is now open—apply here! The dates and locations will be: June 9-11 at the Harvard Forest and July 25-27 at the Schoodic Institute.

The ALPINE Summer Institute is a program for participants interested in exploring careers in land conservation. Participants must have an internship that involves some aspect of land conservation in New England to participate. The Summer Institute takes place over two weekends in June and August and features presentations by leaders in the conservation arena, field trips to conserved sites, and guided reflections by the participants on their conservation internships. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders and educators in land conservation organizations.

Any students that are participating in an internship involving land conservation this summer will qualify for the ALPINE Summer Institute program.

ALPINE—Academics for Land Protection in New England—will be offering again this summer, a program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming the next generation of land conservation leaders.  The Summer Institute is offered at no cost to students and includes:

  • Two intensive weekends at the beginning and end of the summer of 2018
  • Presentations by leaders in organizations such as the Harvard Forest, the International Land Conservation Network, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Writing assignments and reflections
  • Leadership training exercises
  • Hikes and field trips to important land conservation projects in New England
  • Meals and accommodation for both weekends

The only requirements for students to apply are that they:

  • Have a 2018 summer internship related to land conservation in one of the six New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island)
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute sessions

I’m including a link to the free application here.  More information about the program and past participants, as well as about ALPINE, can be found on our website.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Summer Institute, and if you know of any students who you think would be a good fit.  I’m happy to reach out to them directly if that’s easier.

Thank you,


Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

Project Coordinator for Land Conservation
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
(Office) 617-503-2203

Off Campus Event: Maine Fisherman’s Forum Friday, March 2, Rockland, ME

 Gain some insight into the people and processes behind Maine’s fisheries.
Join Patrick Warner for a drive to Rockland, ME for a day at the Maine Fisherman’s Forum, on Friday, March 2.  Email Patrick to reserve a seat in the van: Here are the events for Friday:

Friday, March 2, 2018

9:00 am Herring Amendment 8 Information Update
9:00 am Maine Lobstermen’s Assn. 64th Annual Meeting
10:30 am Maine Coast Community Sector Annual Meeting
10:30 am Eastern Maine Skippers Program: How Can Individuals & Communities Manage and Restore Local Fisheries?
10:30 am Lobsters to Dollars: The Economic Impact of Maine’s Lobster Supply Chain
1:00 pm Electronic Monitoring on the Water Fishery
1:00 pm Status of Right Whales and Fixed Gear Fisheries
2:45 pm Open Forum with NOAA Fisheries Leadership
2:45 pm Northern Gulf of Maine Federal Scallop

link to their website

Announcement: Paid Farming Apprenticeships in Maine (Starting March 2018- up to 9 months) Apply by 2/5/18

Paid Farming Apprenticeships in Rockport, Maine

In 2018 Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) will offer two farm apprenticeships on the Maine coast  – one to focus on raising beef cattle at Aldermere Farm and the other on growing vegetables at Erickson Fields Preserve. The term for each apprenticeship will start in March and may be up to nine-months.

Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve are located at the heart of Midcoast Maine just outside Rockport Village and are owned and managed by MCHT as working farms and agricultural education centers. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Apprenticeship Program is working with MCHT to provide apprentices with additional training and networking opportunities.

Apprentices at Aldermere Farm will experience all facets of managing a herd of registered Belted Galloway beef cattle. Erickson Fields Preserve is an extensive vegetable growing operation where an apprentice will work with local teens and volunteers to grow fresh produce for food pantries, schools and other markets.  Both farm operations are well connected with the regions’ vibrant local food and farm network.

Previous experience farming and educating youth and/or adults are preferred. In addition to their main farm tasks, apprentices will assist with events and implementing sustainable-agriculture programs for youth and adults. The apprenticeships are paid opportunities and include $1,000 monthly stipend, shared housing, benefits, training and supervision.

Deadline for applications is February 5; work start date is March 15. To review farm listings and apply, visit “Programs” page at; listings are under Knox County, see KNX-26 for Aldermere and KNX-27 for Erickson. For more information on application process, e-mail or call 207-568-4142. For more information on apprenticeships, contact the Aldermere Farm office at or 207-236-2739.

Announcement: Eco-Informatics Summer Institute, Summer 2018 (Deadline: 2/2/18)

CALL FOR APPLICANTS for the Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) for summer 2018 

Please note:  Application deadline is February 02 , 2018!

The Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) ( will be held at the HJ Andrews Experimental

Forest ( in the beautiful Oregon Cascade mountains.

WHO: Continuing undergraduate students from all over the US who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
WHAT: Summer institute experience, stipend, and housing provided.
WHEN: June 18th – August 24th, 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 02 , 2018.
WHERE: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest on the McKenzie River and at OSU in Corvallis, OR.


Eco-Informatics, an emerging discipline, integrates mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of

ecosystems.  Through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience, the EISI will provide interdisciplinary training for young scientists to

help manage ecosystems in our technologically sophisticated, globalized world. Through the integration of research and education, effective mentoring, and

hands-on experiences at the HJ Andrews, participants will gain:

  1.     Valuable research experience in Eco-Informatics and in their own disciplines.
  2.     The foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, including a peer-reviewed research proposal.
  3.     The training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to the science and management of ecosystems.

Participants will receive:

  1.  A total stipend of $5,000.
  2.  Free lodging at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and on the OSU campus
  3.  The opportunity for down time and group activities.

For more details on this year’s projects and for the applications, please go to

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at

Desiree Tullos, PhD, PE
Professor, Biological and Ecological Engineering Department
Oregon State University
001 541 737 2038

Graduate Program: Coastal Science and Policy Program at University of California, Santa Cruz (Deadline to apply: 12/15/17)

Coastal Science and Policy Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz,
is a new MS Program looking for the students who will start the next generation of conservation orgs.

This new program will select the best 10 candidates from anywhere in the world with all tuition and living expenses covered. I’d like to see the program filled with the best future conservation leaders from high biodiversity countries who are already working with effective conservation organizations. Please forward this announcement to prospective candidates.

The MS program emphasizes international diversity, entrepreneurship and data-driven action to achieve conservation at scale. The curriculum incorporates experience-based learning, hands-on research, and a deep understanding of the multifaceted problems that face coastal systems. In addition to their rigorous coursework, students will be encouraged to take on an internship during their first summer, as well as conduct their own capstone research projects during their second year of study. Linking academic researchers and graduate students directly with conservation, business, and policy practitioners provides dual immersion in the academic and practitioner cultures and contexts and, ultimately, the ability to work fluidly across the science-practice interface.

Applications for the first cohort open October 1, 2017, and close December 15, 2017.
Please forward this email to promising candidates who you believe will be a good fit for the program. Visit our website or blog post for more information.

Announcement: Backpacking with a purpose


Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by November 22nd  to secure an interview for your first-choice program!

*Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

Check out where we go:

Summer programs are open in the following countries and regions:

Bolivia – Environmental Justice

Thailand – Alternative Tourism, Environmental Conservation, or Food Justice

India – Alternative Education or Gender & Religion

Guatemala – Human Rights, Food Justice, or Fair Trade

Cambodia – Environmental Justice or Alternative Education

Peru – Human Rights, Environmental Justice, or Alternative Tourism

Ecuador – Food Justice

Middle East- Peace and Conflict

Can’t travel in the summer? Join us for our alternative breaks in the winter and spring!

Announcement: CLIMATE CHANGE THEATER ACTION @ Bowdoin needs You!

  • Do you like to talk about climate change?

  • Are you passionate about the environment?

  • Interested in exploring new avenues of climate communication?

  • Want to participate in theatre that makes a difference?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider participating in Climate Change Theatre Action! The Bowdoin Theatre and Dance Department and Masque & Gown are partnering with the Environmental Studies Program and Bowdoin Climate Action to be a part of a national theatre festival (CCAT) that presents short plays and one acts concerning climate change and climate science.

The CCAT festival is an annual theatre festival that takes place globally; Bowdoin is one of many institutions involved. Our intention in joining the CCAT is to bring environmentally-minded theatre to Bowdoin, and we want students from both theatre and ES to be involved in both the staging and performance of these plays.The performance takes place on November 5th, and we are in need of actors and directors. Although directors will need to have had some experience directing productions prior to the CCAT, actors of all levels of experience (including none) are welcome!

​In addition, we are in need of people who are familiar with issues related to climate change to serve as our dramaturges– that is, construct short blurbs for the plays that provide background information on the issues tackled within the plays. This is essential to the process, as these blurbs will provide clarification to not only actors and directors, but also audience members that may not be familiar with these concerns, while simultaneously supporting the integrity of the production.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Madison (Maddi) Kuras ’18 ( for more details.

Climate scientists estimate we have fifteen years to decarbonize the economy if we want to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. The time for action is now. But action requires a hopeful vision of the future. For CCTA 2017, we are asking: “How can we turn the challenges of climate change into opportunities?”

*Become part of climate change theater Action*