It was a white, snowy weekend at Lowenwood with 48 alums coming together for the January reunion. Stories of travels to Peru, study abroad in Thailand, gap year plans filled with adventure and discovery, sustainability building projects, and advocacy efforts on climate change. We have a lot to be proud of here at Conserve. A sixteen -week semester that changes so many young lives, opens many doors for our alums to carry on the message of environmental stewardship learned at Conserve.
Reese Westerhoff, CS4 shared slides and stories of his time in Peru. He is heading back again next week to continue his volunteer work helping with building projects. Olivia Stroinski, CS5 is heading to Thailand, while Juliet Smith, CS4 will be in Peru for a gap year. New connections were made as our alums attending the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point met new Conserve alums also at Stevens Point. Sam Neubauer, CS2 spoke about his work with Powershift and his continued efforts working with schools about climate change.
Our gear room of skis and snowshoes found their way to the blue, green, and black trails. The wings rang with familiar voices and laughter and the campfire at the Commons warmed them all long into the winter night. With students from CS1, 2, 3, 4 (yes mostly 4) and 5 all laughing, playing music and being with their friends they now call Conserve family. Although they traveled many miles, from many places, the alums felt like they were home again. Stay tuned for information on the next Conserve reunion this summer.
~Jill Rennicke, Alumni Coordinator