On Monday, three of Conserve School’s graduate fellows (me included) headed to Madison, where UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies was holding its annual Earth Day Conference. This year the conference program included talks by Céline Cousteau and Jane Goodall, but perhaps the biggest treat was that we kept running into former Conserve School students all day long – CS3, CS4, and CS5 were all represented at the event! There was so much to see and do that I only managed to take a few photos, but the conference was an inspiring reminder of why Conserve School’s staff and students are so passionate about environmental stewardship. The grad fellows didn’t stick around to meet Jane Goodall after her talk (we still had a four-hour drive back to Land O’ Lakes) but some of our alums did, as you can see in the photos below.
The Conserve School experience doesn’t end with the closing ceremony at the end of the semester… our students carry our mission forward when they leave, and it was great to catch up with a few of them this week.