Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Maine is home to almost 100 land trusts and other non-profits which help conserve about 2,500,000 acres of land which are open to the public for hiking, snowmobiling, boating, and other outdoor recreation. Students taking this course will learn about how land trusts and other conservation entities function as an organization, acquire land, and steward it. Additionally, they will learn how land management such as forestry, farming, trail-making, and invasive plant mediation contributes to conservation. The lab portion of the class will be used to visit local conserved lands and volunteer with organizations. The classroom portion will include student-led discussions and guest lectures from professionals such as land trust staff, foresters, farmers, preserve stewards, researchers, volunteers, and educators. Primary readings will be based on the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices Curriculum. Students will be evaluated on weekly written responses to their readings and speakers, problem sets, and a final project with a local land conservation or management group.


GIS and Ecology strongly recommended; permission of instructor.

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