Heronwood Field Station LogoConservation Leadership Program

Conservation Leadership Program for middle schoolThe Conservation Leadership Program is an outdoor experience for 6th-8th grade students to learn about environmental science and biological research in the best laboratory: nature.

Throughout the two-week program, students create their own experiments, draw connections between their everyday life and nature, and build friendships through team games and challenge course activities. Like a nature detective, students gain added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills through observation, experience with scientific equipment, and interactions with biologists working in the field. These research training sessions teach relevant research techniques and their application and take place across local natural areas and in active science labs and field stations!

Program students in the fieldThe investigative adventure continues as students tie together their knowledge and skills on a three-day, two-night camping trip in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Combining discovery, adventure, and fun with research science, the trip gives insight to the natural and cultural history of the dunes, the interconnection of human and natural environments, and immerses students in the rich biological diversity found in the northern Lake Michigan region.

2017 Conservation Leadership Program Dates

Research Training Sessions – Weekdays June 19 – 27 from 9am – 5pm

Sleeping Bear Dunes Trip – 9am on Wednesday, June 28 – 5pm on Friday, June 30
Transportation is available; see the Bus Schedule here.

Member $550  Non-member $575 - Scholarships available, fees based on a sliding scale.  Please fill out a Heronwood Field Station Scholarship Application here.

Register at KNC Camp!


Contact Heronwood Director Kim Lippke
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