CSI 2017 is full and successful applicants have been notified.

ACR’s Conservation Science Intensive brings together selected participants for a summer adventure and educational experience on the spectacular and permanently protected lands of Audubon Canyon Ranch in Sonoma and Marin counties. This extraordinary program seeks to inspire young women to develop a stronger connection to nature while learning about and practicing land conservation and stewardship. Over the course of 5 consecutive days, participants will develop an understanding of conservation practices and deepen their appreciation of the complexity and interconnectedness of natural systems. This expeditionary program will challenge participants physically, mentally, and emotionally as they work with and learn from ACR’s highly-skilled female conservation biologists, ecologists, and educators.

Summer 2017 Program Dates:  June 19 - 23, 2017

The program is based out of the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen and includes a day trip to ACR’s 3,000 acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves near Healdsburg, and an overnight trip that will include a visit to Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay near Marshall and the Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon. While learning and working on ACR’s extraordinary Preserves, participants explore topics including natural history, conservation practices, leadership, outdoor skills, and women in science.

Funding provided by private foundations and donors allows ACR to offer this program free-of-charge.

Questions? Contact ACR Education Programs Manager Julia Clothier at julia.clothier@egret.org or 707-938-4554 x 301.

Everything we’ve learned in this program has been directly applicable to our lives.  - 2016 Program Participant 


 I've never learned so much in one day.  - 2016 Program Participant 


I liked learning from women leaders in conservation about ideas that I usually don't think about.  - 2016 Program Participant 




I like that we don’t care what we look like or that we are all sweaty. We’re just here to learn.  - 2016 Program Participant


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.  - 2016 Program Participant 






I think the more you are aware, the more you can appreciate the natural world.  - 2016 Program Participant 


I am so thankful for this camp because I am experiencing things that I never would have been able to.  - 2016 Program Participant 


It is just nice to know that people can do what they love and be happy with their job.  - 2016 Program Participant