Enrollment for the 2021 ALPINE Summer Institute is now open. The class size is limited to 12 participants and admissions are on a rolling basis. April 1 is the deadline to apply! The virtual sessions will take place on eight consecutive Wednesdays from 3-5 pm starting June 9. A potential long-weekend face-to-face meeting will be scheduled if possible.
The 2021 ALPINE Summer Institute program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, to learn more about the theory and practice of large landscape conservation. The program will be staffed by experts in the field of land conservation from the Lincoln Institute, the Harvard Forest, the Highstead Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2021, ALPINE Summer Institute participants who successfully complete all course requirements will have the opportunity to earn 2 academic credits from UMass Amherst. Feel free to share this document with others that may be interested in this year’s Summer Institute.
- The Summer Institute program is being offered this summer through the University of Massachusetts Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) for 2 credits. The course is titled Special Topics- Summer Institute on Large Landscape Conservation. Click here for more information.
What is large landscape conservation?
For the Summer Institute, we think of large landscape conservation initiatives as those efforts that protect mosaics of land that may provide a range of benefits and engage a spectrum of actors: across the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors; across parcel, jurisdictional and even national borders; and across a range of professional skills and academic disciplines. Examples of efforts that contribute to the realization of large landscape protection initiatives include, but are not limited to: efforts by individual land trusts to protect parcels of land in their locality as part of a larger regional initiative; efforts by a Regional Conservation Partnership to coordinate the land protection efforts of many individuals and organizations to achieve a large landscape protection objectives; efforts by a university to protect in perpetuity land which it owns and manages, contributing to a large landscape conservation objective; efforts by private landowners to protect their land in perpetuity; and efforts by units of government to achieve land protection objectives within their jurisdictions, contributing to regional conservation goals. The Summer Institute provides an opportunity for students and young professionals to learn, through case studies and interviews with conservation leaders, how such bold initiatives can succeed, and to think about what role they might play in the future of large landscape conservation in the United States and internationally.
The ALPINE Summer Institute is looking for participants with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and levels of experience who are interested in learning more about large landscape conservation and in becoming a member of the next generation of land conservation leaders.
The 2021 Summer Institute will include:
- Approximately 7 to 8 online sessions
- Presentations by leaders and practitioners in land conservation and in organizations such as the Harvard Forest, the International Land Conservation Network, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
- Writing assignments and reflections
- Leadership development exercises
- An opportunity to consider how the land conservation movement can make progress towards the goals of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility
- If health and travel circumstances allow, an in-person long weekend experience that will allow participants to become familiar with an ongoing large-landscape conservation initiative in New England.
At the conclusion of the 2021 ALPINE Summer Institute, participants will be asked to make a capstone presentation on a large landscape conservation initiative of interest to them.
Requirements to apply:
- Interest and/or experience in land conservation issues
- Commit to attending all sessions of the Summer Institute program
- Provide their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute session location if it is possible to meet in person
There will be no cost to the students for instruction associated with the ALPINE Summer Institute or for food, lodging, program transportation if we are able to meet in person for the weekend. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate from the ALPINE Summer Institute.
In order to apply, candidates will complete the application online, submit a resume and provide a reference. Admission will be determined on a rolling basis by the April 1, 2021 deadline. The number of participants is limited to 12 so we encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible. Candidates will be chosen based on 1) their interest in the field of land conservation and the potential to make a significant contribution to land protection efforts in the US and the world, and 2) their apparent capacity to benefit from the ALPINE Summer Institute.
For more information on the ALPINE Summer Institute, please contact Marianne Jorgensen, ALPINE Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jim Levitt, ALPINE Program Director, at email@example.com. Additional information on the course through the University of Massachusetts University Without Walls and applying for academic credit associated with participation in the ALPINE Summer Institute can be found here. Please note that for academic credit, there will be a separate application form to be submitted to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There will also be a separate fee charged by the University of Massachusetts associated with such credits.
Summer Institute Program
The Summer Institute program is designed for students and young professionals to learn more about the theory and practice of large land conservation in the early twenty-first century. Staffed by experts in the field of land conservation from the Lincoln Institute, the Harvard Forest, Highstead and the Schoodic Institute, the ALPINE Summer Institute is also designed to encourage the students to consider how land conservation might become a significant focus of their professional careers and volunteer commitments over the course of their lives. The Summer Institute is an opportunity for students and young professionals to meet and network with leaders in the field, and think about what role they might play in the future of conservation. Accommodations and meals and program costs are free of charge to all participants.
The Summer Institute includes:
- Two intensive weekends at the beginning and end of the summer
- Presentations by leaders and practitioners in land conservation and 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 ALPINE Summer Institute is looking for undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals with a wide variety of academic backgrounds
and levels of experience, who are interested in learning more about conservation in New England and becoming a member of the next generation of land conservation leaders. Previous participants have come from a range of public and private colleges and universities, and applicants need not attend an institution in New England or be from the region. However, in order to apply for the Summer Institute, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Have a summer internship or job-related to land conservation in one of the six New England states and New York (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island)
- Be able to commit to two weekends for the Summer Institute
- Be able to provide their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute session locations
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
“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