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By Zoie Koostra

College Course Opens Doors for Collaborative Conservation


Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder

Gabby Gittens examines a tree during the final practicum of her college course at Swan Valley Connections.

SWAN VALLEY - The students in the Swan Valley Connections' Wildlife in the West course spent six weeks learning to identify flora and fauna. They also learned valuable skills about community interaction with conservation.

The course offers alternative educational opportunities to college students that come from all over the country to learn about a variety of topics that may not be covered in their own college programs. Wildlife in the West is focused on wildlife biology and management with courses in field ecology, wildlife policy and collaborative decision making.

"While students gain a g...

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