Overview

Conserve is a semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards.

Our Mission
Conserve School is a semester school that inspires young people to environmental stewardship through academics and engagement with the forests, lakes, and wildlife of Lowenwood.

Our Vision
Conserve School carries forward Jim Lowenstines legacy by providing a diverse group of young people with a residential academic setting that fosters:

  • Understanding of the science of natural resource conservation, 
  • Commitment to protecting the environment, 
  • An inclination toward careers that help preserve the natural world, 
  • Enjoyment of outdoor activities, and 
  • Love and respect for nature.

Conserve School is a non-sectarian school aimed at students who feel a strong attachment to the natural world and who are motivated to conserve it. This semester-long immersion in environmental studies and outdoor activities deepens students love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards.

The program interweaves college-preparatory academics with:

  • The study of environmental history, nature literature, and the science of conservation, 
  • Environmental service work, 
  • Exploration of careers related to conservation, 
  • Training in teamwork and leadership, and 
  • Engagement with the outdoors.

Designed primarily for high school juniors, Conserve School incorporates the flexibility to accommodate advanced sophomores.

Conserve School students become part of a community that heightens their sense of identity and self-worth and imparts the confidence they need to go forward and make a difference, not only as stewards of the environment, but also as stewards of their own destinies.

Affordability
The Lowenstine Honors Scholarship program assures that this opportunity is affordable. The scholarship covers full tuition, room, and board. Families are responsible for a $200 enrollment fee, incidental costs, and transportation to and from the school. All accepted students receive the Lowenstine Honors Scholarship.

Accreditation
Conserve School's academics are accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.

Conserve School's residential life and outdoor programs are accredited by the American Camp Association.

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Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

I attended Conserve in the fall of 2012. It was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself in terms of furthering my education, as well as having an amazing time. The sense of community is truly inspiring and very important to the mission of the school. I developed such a close, personal connection with the environment during my time there. The people and the facilities were top notch. And the gorgeous setting doesn't hurt at all, either!

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5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

When I first arrived in Land O' Lakes the night before I started at Conserve School, I was nervous. Especially coming from Florida, the sub-zero temperatures were scary. I was beginning to have doubts about what I had gotten myself into, and wasn't sure if I had made the right choice. I definitely made the right choice. Conserve School is absolutely amazing. I spent four and a half months there, and they changed my life. Backpacking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, building fires, building quinzhees, practising conservation, playing broomball, painting, playing... the list goes on. Conserve School is an opportunity you don't want to miss. I learned so much about the world, the environment, about people, and myself. I now know that I will be striving to protect the environment in my future, in my career and on the side. I didn't just learn about nature at Conserve; I experienced it and connected with it. The friends I made are some of the greatest people I have had the pleasure to know. The close-knit community that quickly forms becomes a second family, and the campus becomes a second home. Conserve is a whole lot of amazing people and a whole lot of amazing opportunities, jam-packed into one semester. I will be forever grateful to Conserve School for what it gave me!

This place is magical. If ...

This place is magical. If ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

This place is magical. If you want to run away into the woods for a while and still get high school credit, Conserve School the place to go. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are wonderful people who are excited to teach their students how to better appreciate the world they live in. There is no such thing as boredome at Conserve School, because there is always something to do; whether it be skiing/kayaking with friends, taking a nap, going for a reflective hike or whatever else you decide to do. Each semester has its own culture, groove, and flow of energy and they are all amazing. The semester you spend there will be filled with positive vibes, engaging activities and 59 new people to call family when it's all over. It's crazy to imagine yourself spending a semester in the woods with a bunch of strangers, but once you get up there you realize it's not anything like what you think. It's an experience meant to push you along on your trail to finding yourself and what you want to do in your life. I recommend this school highly! Kristi Parsons, CS7

Conserve school WILL change your ...

Conserve school WILL change your ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

Conserve school WILL change your life. Conserve will provide any high school student with the experience of a lifetime. The teachers are overqualified, the lessons are great, and the campus- picturesque. I can whole heartedly say that this program is the best of its kind. Any environmental semester school cannot even compare. Any conserve student can attest to this statement. Any high school student, no matter what their interest are, should give conserve school serious consideration.

What an awesome place!!! A ...

What an awesome place!!! A ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

What an awesome place!!! A beautiful natural setting, helpful and friendly teachers, an awesome environmentally conscious community, classmates who become friends who become family. What more could you ask for in a school? I learned so much and made so many amazing connections being here. I'll remember it for a lifetime. CS7!

5 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
I attended Conserve in the ...

I attended Conserve in the ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

I attended Conserve in the fall of 2012. It was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself in terms of furthering my education, as well as having an amazing time. The sense of community is truly inspiring and very important to the mission of the school. I developed such a close, personal connection with the environment during my time there. The people and the facilities were top notch. And the gorgeous setting doesn't hurt at all, either!

When I first arrived in ...

When I first arrived in ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

When I first arrived in Land O' Lakes the night before I started at Conserve School, I was nervous. Especially coming from Florida, the sub-zero temperatures were scary. I was beginning to have doubts about what I had gotten myself into, and wasn't sure if I had made the right choice. I definitely made the right choice. Conserve School is absolutely amazing. I spent four and a half months there, and they changed my life. Backpacking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, building fires, building quinzhees, practising conservation, playing broomball, painting, playing... the list goes on. Conserve School is an opportunity you don't want to miss. I learned so much about the world, the environment, about people, and myself. I now know that I will be striving to protect the environment in my future, in my career and on the side. I didn't just learn about nature at Conserve; I experienced it and connected with it. The friends I made are some of the greatest people I have had the pleasure to know. The close-knit community that quickly forms becomes a second family, and the campus becomes a second home. Conserve is a whole lot of amazing people and a whole lot of amazing opportunities, jam-packed into one semester. I will be forever grateful to Conserve School for what it gave me!

This place is magical. If ...

This place is magical. If ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

This place is magical. If you want to run away into the woods for a while and still get high school credit, Conserve School the place to go. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are wonderful people who are excited to teach their students how to better appreciate the world they live in. There is no such thing as boredome at Conserve School, because there is always something to do; whether it be skiing/kayaking with friends, taking a nap, going for a reflective hike or whatever else you decide to do. Each semester has its own culture, groove, and flow of energy and they are all amazing. The semester you spend there will be filled with positive vibes, engaging activities and 59 new people to call family when it's all over. It's crazy to imagine yourself spending a semester in the woods with a bunch of strangers, but once you get up there you realize it's not anything like what you think. It's an experience meant to push you along on your trail to finding yourself and what you want to do in your life. I recommend this school highly! Kristi Parsons, CS7

Conserve school WILL change your ...

Conserve school WILL change your ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

Conserve school WILL change your life. Conserve will provide any high school student with the experience of a lifetime. The teachers are overqualified, the lessons are great, and the campus- picturesque. I can whole heartedly say that this program is the best of its kind. Any environmental semester school cannot even compare. Any conserve student can attest to this statement. Any high school student, no matter what their interest are, should give conserve school serious consideration.

What an awesome place!!! A ...

What an awesome place!!! A ...

5
Reviewed on 2/23/2014 by

What an awesome place!!! A beautiful natural setting, helpful and friendly teachers, an awesome environmentally conscious community, classmates who become friends who become family. What more could you ask for in a school? I learned so much and made so many amazing connections being here. I'll remember it for a lifetime. CS7!

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