This program begins with nine months (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU followed by approximately four months of living and studying at the selected project site, which may be domestic or international. The number of students working on a partner project will vary, depending on the needs of the partner organization. This option allows students to select a capstone project from projects proposed by Conservation Leadership partner organizations.
Note: financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition costs, and students will work with a financial aid advisor to create a financial aid package for travel abroad and other project expenses.
Is this option for you?
This option is good for students who need or prefer the structure for getting set-up with a capstone project in a desired region and have an interest in the specific geographic locations, conservation topics, and/or organizations presented in the projects. This option is also suited for students who prefer to work independently or in smaller groups (some projects may be in small teams of 2-4 students), and can take initiative to plan and pursue co-curricular field experiences on their own. Students participating in the partner projects abroad should also feel comfortable making their own housing arrangements and being self-reliant in a foreign country.
Click on the Partner Project theme to learn more about the proposed project:
|Logo||Name of Organization||Thematic Topics||Project Description||Project Location|
|Ampersand Coffee||Conservation and Development||Developing a blueprint for a payment for forest ecosystem services pilot program to address the needs of Haitian women communities through a coffee enterprise and education program.||Boulder, CO / Haiti|
|Big Thompson Watershed Coalition||Responding to Climate Change||Creating a forest management and community engagement program, community science and stewardship initiatives, and a river envisioning strategic planning project.||Loveland, CO|
|Bluff Lake Nature Center||Protected Area Management (Urban), Conservation Education and Outreach||Developing a site monitoring plan, carrying capacity report, and a multicultural engagement and information campaign.||Denver, CO|
|Colorado Haiti Project||Conservation and Development, Responding to Climate Change||Designing, evaluating, and implementing a carbon sequestration program of mangrove planting and conservation for a community revenue source and climate change mitigation.||Louisville, CO / Haiti|
|Colorado Parks & Wildlife||Human Dimensions of Wildlife||Examining outdoor recreation trends among State Park visitors; management practices around chronic wasting disease; fishery management and education.||Fort Collins, CO|
|Denver Zoo||Human Dimensions of Wildlife||Using applied research to develop community engagement and education initiatives for capacity building, protected area management, and policy promotion.||Denver, CO|
|Eagle Valley Land Trust||Protected Area Management||Strategic development of natural resource protections in tandem of sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities.||Edwards, CO|
|Gorilla Guardians and Red Rocks Initiative||Conservation and Development, Protected Area Management||Developing community livelihood & enterprise projects including their Goats for Gorillas initiative and community-based tourism.||Musenzi, Rwanda|
|Isla||Conservation and Development, Protected Area Management, Human Dimensions of Wildlife||Wildlife rehabilitation including reintroduction, restocking and wildlife education projects.||Bulgaria / Kosovo|
|Mountain Area Land Trust||Protected Area Management||Conservation easement monitoring and landowner outreach, grant writing and development; strategic planning update.||Evergreen, CO|
|Northwest Trek Wildlife Park||Human Dimensions of Wildlife||Community engagement and education initiatives for human-wildlife coexistence.||Tacoma, WA|
|Rocky Mountain Wild||Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Protected Area Management||Advancing the Colorado Bat Watch program through evaluation, strategic planning, and marketing.||Denver, CO|
|Trees, Water & People||Conservation and Development||Development of a community-based forestry management plan; climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for farmers; use of appropriate technologies for poverty alleviation.||Central America*|
*Any students traveling to countries considered higher risk by CSU need to be approved by the CSU International Travel Oversight Committee. Students will need to provide extensive details on their relevant travel experiences and language abilities as well as plans related to project work, transportation, housing, and risk management prior to purchasing airfare or making firm plans for travel to higher risk destinations. This will be handled during the fall semester with the assistance of the partner and program staff. The partnership with Trees, Water and People requires Spanish fluency and at least two cohort members for the project.
This program begins with nine months (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU, after which time students undertake an independent conservation project in a region with which they are familiar and in partnership with an organization which they have a relationship. Locations can be domestic or international.
Note: Financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition costs, and students will work with a financial aid advisor to create a financial aid package for travel abroad and other project expenses.
Is this option for you?
This option is good for students with an existing idea and who have relationships in place with relevant organizations to collaborate with for their Capstone project. This could include employees or volunteers of a conservation organization who can take a nine month leave for coursework and then return to the organization and complete a project that meets the Conservation Leadership requirements. This option is also better suited for students who prefer to work independently on the capstone project or who’s life circumstances are better suited to an independent project in a location and with a topic of their choice.