ALPINE Summer Institute

Enrollment for the 2022 ALPINE Summer Institute is now open. The deadline to apply is April 1. This program, which will include once-a-week virtual sessions between early June and early August next summer, will also feature a face-to-face meeting at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, Maine from June 24 to 26, 2022 (depending on favorable public health conditions).

2021 Summer Institute Participants2021 Summer Institute ParticipantsUndergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and levels of experience, are eligible to apply for the program. The Institute is designed for those who are interested in getting in-depth exposure to the practice of large landscape conservation in New England. Previous participants have come from a range of public and private colleges and universities as well as large and small conservation organizations. No New England residency or affiliation with a New England college, university, or conservation organization is required. 

The Summer Institute includes presentations, discussions, and writing assignments. Guest speakers from such organizations as the Harvard Forest, the International Land Conservation Network, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Maine Coast Heritage Land Trust, and the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will join the class to share their insights and experience from the field. One full session will be devoted to a discussion of diversity and inclusion in the field of conservation.

Participants must:

  • Be able to attend all sessions of the program
  • Provide their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute weekend at the Schoodic Institute in Maine.

There will be no cost to the students for the program instruction associated with the ALPINE Summer Institute. For the in-person weekend at the Schoodic Institute,  all lodging and food will be provided at no cost to the participant.
Students will be asked to present a land conservation-focused research project to complete the program. Examples of past participant projects can be seen here. Upon completion of the workshops, students will receive a certificate from the ALPINE Summer Institute.

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Summer Institute

The ALPINE 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. The program is 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 designed to encourage participants to consider how land conservation might become a significant focus of their professional careers and volunteer commitments over the course of their lives. The program also offers participants the opportunity to meet and network with peers and leaders in the field.

The program has been held both in-person and remotely, depending on recommendations by public health officials. In either case, the program costs and in-person meal and accommodation costs are free of charge to all participants.

The Summer Institute typically includes:

  • 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

​The ALPINE Summer Institute seeks 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. 

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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

What is large landscape conservation?

Mount Moosilauke, New HampshireMount Moosilauke, New HampshireFor 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.​