The environmental movement has a white face in America due to its traditional disinterest in issues – social justice, civil rights, economic development – that directly impact the daily lives of communities of color.

Chattulani 2008

Is Protecting the Natural World your job? Could it be?

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.

Year One


Classroom-in-the-Field provides students with natural and social science skills needed to develop and realize their vision for conservation.

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.

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Year Two

Conservation Practice Teams

Conservation Practice Teams deepen skills and knowledge, build professional networks and help realize career paths.

Conservation Practice Teams (CPT), the Year 2 internship, supports scholars as they engage 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.

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Myrtle Falls, Mount Rainier
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