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Patagonia, Chile

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Exploring Critical Issues in Conservation and Development

Course & Travel Dates:
Fall 2020 | ENR 4960/5960 | 1 credit prep
Dec 27 - Jan 17, 2021 | ENR 4960/5960 | 2 credits

Learn to apply an integrative conservation framework across continents and explore commonalities and differences between the complex socio-ecological issues in Patagonia and Wyoming. 

In ENR 4960/5960 Patagonia: Exploring Critical Issues in Conservation and Development, students will be provided with an integrative framework approach to understanding natural resource conservation and development issues in Chilean Patagonia with an emphasis on coastal temperate rainforest and marine ecosystems. During the precourse, Fall 2020, students will be introduced to an integrative framework by applying it to some key issues in Wyoming’s Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Students will then travel to Puerto Montt, Chile for 20 days in December-January to gain hands-on experience applying the integrative framework in Chilean Patagonia. Students will engage with local communities and management officials on public and private conservation projects that attempt to navigate conventional and sustainable development demands in some of the world’s most pristine ecosystems. Students will visit remote communities and wilderness areas in the forested fjords of northern Patagonia. 

The course requires complete student involvement in all aspects of the program for the full duration of the course. Field components of the course will involve camping, inclement weather conditions, sea kayaking, long hours in a vehicle, and hiking. We ask all applicants to be aware that this course involves fieldwork and the inherent potential dangers.

Students in Chile

Requirements & Fees:

  • Junior standing (open to all UW students, preference given to Haub School students)

  • Passport valid for travel to Chile

  • Financial contribution from each student: $4500 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, transportation, entrance fees & most meals) + Education Abroad fee & travel insurance cost 

  • Cheney Study Abroad Grants (dependent on qualifying GPA), and Haub School Study Abroad Scholarships available

  • Applications due April 30, 2020

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