ALPINE Summer 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.

Summer Institute 2018

Over the course of two weekends in June and July, ALPINE hosted its second annual Summer Institute aimed at developing the next generation of land conservation leaders in New England. Participants included undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates from across the region. The participants came with a wide range of backgrounds and interests related to land conservation. The participants held internships or were employed for the summer by land conservation organizations based in the region, such as Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Connecticut River Conservancy. 

Participants learned about large landscape conservation and visited several exemplary conservation success stories in Central Massachusetts and on Maine’s Schoodic Peninsula. They also heard from leaders in the field of conservation based at organizations including Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership, the Highstead Foundation, and the Harvard Forest.

Click here for a summary of the Summer Institute activities.

Bios of the students are here.

Quotes from Summer Institute Participants

The ALPINE Summer Institute inspired me to think critically and act intentionally in all aspects of my work in the conservation field. My participation reinforced my passion for conservation, and confirmed my decision to pursue a career in this work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything more meaningful.” – Shea Flanagan, Dartmouth College - Shea Flanagan, Dartmouth College

Without the Summer Institute, I am not sure that I would have had the space or inspiration to articulate these ideas as clearly. The Summer Institute helped me articulate not only the fact that I care about land, but also the reasons why I care about land.” – Katie Michaels, Middlebury College

Through ALPINE, I have been able to make numerous connections in the field of land conservation that I would otherwise not have. I was also able to enhance my understanding of land conservation while being surrounded by similar peers.” – Matt Brewer, University of Maine

Between my studies at Middlebury College, my work at The Nature Conservancy, and my participation in the ALPINE Summer Institute, I have seen again and again how important it is to take a multi-disciplinary approach to conservation that focuses on creative and collaborative solutions based upon a place’s unique history, culture, socioeconomics, and particular environmental landscape.” – Caroline Colan, Middlebury College

I knew I wanted to get into conservation as a career before coming to the ALPINE program, but I think my ideas about what that really meant were vague. I now have a clearer picture of what conservationists are, and we are not all crazy people tied to trees, or research scientists trapped in labs.” – Amanda Bunce, University of Connecticut