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By Rob Rich
Swan Valley Connections 

Learning together: 22 years of Swan Valley Connections' college field programs and counting


Andrea DiNino

When students from Swan Valley Connections Wildlife in the West field program build a bear fence with local community members, they learn hands-on conservation skills, sustain rural livelihoods, and prevent wildlife conflicts – all at the same time.

It's May, and universities across the nation are growing quiet and empty. But in four days, college students will arrive in the Swan Valley for their first day of class.

Since 1997, Swan Valley Connections' college field programs have welcomed over 200 students who come eager to learn through experiences unmatched by their typical classes, labs and lecture halls. Some come hungry for hands-on training in conservation field techniques. Others want a broader, deeper immersion in the tangled social-ecological web that defines natural resource management in the rural West. Still more want exam...

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