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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning experience that explores conservation across food, water, climate and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. DDCSP@UW supports emerging conservation leaders to develop unique perspectives and skill sets by drawing connections between conservation, individual and community identities, biodiversity and environmental justice.

In year one, students take the classroom to the field to engage with conservation practice across a range of ecological and cultural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Functioning as a cohort, alongside instructors, conservation professionals and community leaders, Classroom-in-the-Field explores biodiversity conservation through four fundamental systems: Food, Climate, Ecosystems and Water.

In year two, Conservation Practice Teams deepen skills and knowledge, build professional networks and help realize career paths by engaging with conservation issues in partnership with a host site (a government agency, community organization or NGO) positioned within the conservation field, or who works at the intersections of biodiversity conservation, cultural identity and environmental justice.



Martha Groom Bio PictureMartha Groom
Co-Lead and Curriculum Design Lead


Melissa Mark 
Director of Conservation Programming

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