Most amazing experience a passionate high-schooler can have. The teachers are caring and friendly, the classes interesting and focused, and the community feel is so welcoming and kind. This school changed me from a regular girl into an energetic young adult full of life, and willing to devote that life to environmental protection, finding sustainable and creative solutions for problems, and caring so much about the natural world. I thank Conserve so much for giving me the time of my life; and I highly recommend this school to any youngster who cares about the environment, wants to make a difference, and loves the natural world.
I was lucky enough to attended Conserve School in the Spring of 2011. The staff is made up of supportive and passionate people. I take the classroom teachings and outdoor experiences with me everywhere I go. One semester taught me the importance of exploration, sustainability, and independence. Conserve School changed my life and the way I view the natural world. It is a perfect school for any high schooler interested in the world no matter their experiences.
Conserve School encourages their students to serve others throughout their semester of attendance! They provide opportunities for students that are unheard of elsewhere.
Conserve School, a 1200 acre campus located in Land O Lakes Wisconsin is a place that I have learned to call home. I am lucky to call myself a CS 17 Student! Conserve School provides 60 students each semester with once in a lifetime opportunities. Classes, weekend activities, and special camping trips create the learning environment at Conserve. In addition to the Core classes of English, History, AP Environmental science, and Outdoor skills, Conserve School offers electives that help to keep students on track in their sending school while creating deep connections to the outdoors. Camping trips also create a love of the outdoors in students. Exploration week is a canoe or backpacking trip that is unique to Conserve and builds bonds between classmates. Finally, SOLOS! I came back from my three day solo experience only 3.5 hours ago. It was eye opening and an extremely relaxing opportunity. Conserve School provides many different opportunities to students at a relatively low cost. (My parents even did the math and were able to confirm that it is cheaper to have me live at Conserve than at home!) Conserve School has changed me for the better.
Last weekend I had the previlege of attending Parents Weekend. My grandaughter attends CS19. We attended classes with her, ate breakfast, lunch and dinner (which was great) and toured the campus. It is a scenic masterpiece that builds character, positivity and respect for themselves and the environment. It is a great opportunity for any young person and I would encourage everyone to look into it for their child(ren).
I’ve had two children attend Conserve School. Sending them to CS is hands down one of the best parenting decisions we’ve made. It is a spectacular school with unparalleled staff, teachers and campus. Highly recommended.
An outstanding school focusing on environmental stewardship, conservation, and outdoor education. Students' minds, spirits, & bodies are strengthened and nourished by world class educators and mentors. Highly recommended.
Our daughter is a student at Conserve and we love it! It is difficult having our HS student be away from us, but she is so happy and learning so much, it makes it easier for us.
We find the environment very supportive and well run.
We visited last weekend and I found the classes to be rigorous and very interesting. It was also great to see students so engaged in their own education.
We have had two of our daughters attend Conserve School and both of them had wonderful experiences. The hands on approach to the curriculum ensures that the students are actively engaged in the learning process. The emphasis on environmental stewardship is seen in all that they do and it is carried with them as they go back to their sending schools. I can't recommend this school enough!
Was an absolutely amazing experience! I am so glad I was fortunate enough to find this program and enroll. I recommend this school to anyone who cares about the environment.
We were thoughtful in making the decision to send our 16 year old homeschooled daughter away for a semester. To our delight, upon moving her in, Conserve School far exceeded our expectations. It is so peaceful. The staff are incredible. Our daughter is thriving, learning, and it no doubt has been a life changing opportunity for her. It is a place for teenagers to unplug, seek adventure, reflect, live in community, and learn about the magnificent outdoors, the greatest and first cathedral.
Conserve School is the best! Three of my kids have gone there and they all loved their experience so much that they didn’t want to go back to their traditional school after a semester at Conserve. They not only learned about sustainability but how to live it. They are all better stewards of our planet and now always will be. Thanks Conserve!
Our role is one of restaurant, ice cream server and community gathering spot.
We have a front row seat to watch Conserve School students arrive each semester full of anticipation and some trepidation.
At the conclusion of each semester we see the students wearing the armor of earth knowledge, outdoor skills, self confidence and the desire to serve the world.
Thank you Conserve School for the impact you make on today's youth.
Attending Conserve School for a semester was a once in a lifetime opportunity! Being able to learn about environmental stewardship in such an appropriate setting made such an impact on my life. Of all the schooling I have done, the lessons I learned at Conserve were the ones that stuck with me the most. I now apply the values and lessons I learned there to my professional and personal life. One semester does truly make a world of difference.
Conserve School is both a neighbor and a tremendous resource for our small community. The facilities are modern, beautifully designed and highly conducive to an extraordinary learning experience. The administration and staff are committed to educating future leaders, especially with an emphasis on environmental stewardship. The Northwoods of Wisconsin is one of the most scenic places on Earth. Conserve School makes me wish I was 17 again.
Conserve School provided a life-changing, top-quality semester education for my high school student. The school was a careful steward of resources - both financial and natural resources.
We sent our son here for the Fall 2018 semester, and it honestly seems to have changed his life already. He calls frequently expressing his desire to do something important with his new knowledge, and just generally seems to be turning into a Real Adult (TM) in front of our eyes.
My daughter had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Conserve School. This experience for my daughter was wonderful. She left more confident and had a greater understanding of the importance of being a part of her community. She had a unique academic experience and learned so much about herself. Conserve will always have a special place in her heart, and I will always be appreciative of experiences that Conserve afforded her.
Conserve School is a great part of our Land O Lakes community. They sponsor several library events, partner with our local charter middle school, and they even opened up their wonderful facilities and grounds to help raise funds towards new playground equipment at the local elementary school. Their support is greatly appreciated!
As a resident of Land O' Lakes, WI, I can attest to the fact that the Conserve School not only successfully carries out a valuable mission preparing young people to live by and promote environmental responsibility and activism, but also plays a tremendous role in supporting the community of Land O' Lakes in which it is located. Their support is financial as well as sharing their students to assist in many community activities. In addition, they host a variety of cultural and educational events that are available to the community.
My son went to Conserve for a semester of his sophomore year and it changed his life and mine. The teaching staff is top notch. The facilities are excellent and the over all experience exceeded all of our expectations.
My son's experience at Conserve School was second to none. It was a life shaping experience for him.
I have worked with former students of Conserve School, both in the college classroom, as a their professor, and in the work force, as their supervisor. They have been knowledgeable, thoughtful, dedicated, and optimistic. Conserve School prepared them well.
3 teens, 3 Commissioned Conserve students, 3 semesters observing the Conserve School staff guide our children towards a greater understanding of their own capacity to lead and become their best selves in community, engage in a rigorous experiential learning academic environment, participate actively in eco-conservation strategies and to engage others to do so as well The Conserve School experience has prepared our 3 young adults, and hundreds of others, to be players of change in a fast paced, climate challenged world where the need to marry the competing needs of environmental stability and human survival presses upon us. A human and natural world powered education for our future leaders, indeed.
Our daughter has had a phenomenal learning experience at Conserve School unlike anything she has had in public school. Outdoor hands on learning has really resonated with her. She is excited about school everyday and wishes she could be here for the rest of her high school career.
This semester school in the northwoods of WI was a magical experience for my daughter her junior year of high school. She is passionate about saving the planet, and a hard working student, so the staff and curriculum challenged her and helped her grow. The school opened her eyes to the need for and the many types of conservation. She made great friends, connected with staff, did awesome work, and “found her people.” I am so glad she had this amazing opportunity.
Conserve School changed my life and gave me the experiences that inspired me to get a career and education in natural resources! It’s a program I’d highly recommend to any student interested in natural resources, recreation, environmental justice, or a general love of the outdoors and adventure.
We are absolutely thrilled that our daughter was able to experience a semester at Conserve School. What a wonderful opportunity to disconnect, convene with nature, and learn life skills that will take her into the future - all within a focused, rigorous academic environment. Her experience has made her prepared and determined to live her best life, and offer her best self to the world at large. I always knew she had it in her, but thanks to her experience at Conserve, now she know it too.
My daughter had the honor of attending the C9 semester at Conserve. As I am sitting here, she is trekking in the Himalayas on a 45-day expedition with the Outward Bound School. She has been planning this trip for years, she worked for it, she saved her cash and she went. Then, she will be in Elche, Spain and Rome Italy for as long as her visa is valid. :)
I attribute the experience at the Conserve School, during her junior year of high school with instilling in her a confidence, and a thirst to go out and explore/learn about a new culture...and then do it! The Conserve School, with it's 1200+ acre campus of lakes and forest is the perfect fit for the experience-seeking 16 year olds! Apparently staring at a small device for hours isn't enough for everyone. The Admissions department is uncannily skilled at finding the greatest kids: nice, a little nerdy, kids that might not be getting that much recognition in their sending schools....but great artistic, creative kids, with so much talent and heart. Thanks to the guiding light, Stefan Anderson, and all the wonderful teachers at the Conserve School. What a wonderful LIFE gift they give every child that attends.
Amazing state-of-the-art facilities.
Wonderful integrative curriculum.
Outstanding balance of academic rigor and playful exploration.
Warm, caring, capable staff.
Perfect balance of supervised, safe boundaries and expansive pushing beyond comfort zones.
Healthful and delicious meal options (with professional management of allergen-safe protocols).
Magnificently magical forested setting. Expertly-designed, pedestrian-oriented, community-focused campus.
Well-organized and gracefully-shepherded application, enrollment and move-in process.
Abundant fitness, extracurricular, and field trip opportunities.
*Long story*: We first heard of Conserve School through a friend who applied for CS15. Shortly thereafter, we saw English teacher Jeff Rennicke's presentation at the 2017 Lake Superior Youth Symposium, where one of the symposium coordinators and a few of the symposium attendees were Conserve alumni. Meeting those folks sparked my then-9th grader's interest, so we made last-minute arrangements to attend a springtime Prospective Student Day. I hadn't done any research yet, so I had no idea what to expect--maybe a few cabins in the woods? Oh. My. Goodness! I was absolutely blown away by the brilliance of the campus, the faculty, the curriculum, and the community. I have homeschooled my son since the beginning, with the exception of a year at a tiny Waldorf-inspired preschool in our neighborhood. When I brought my reluctant son to his first day of preschool, I assured him I would only ever leave him with the very best folks. When I left the Conserve School Prospective Student Day, I felt 100% confident I could say the exact same thing now to my high schooler. As of October 7, 2018, my son is now seven weeks into CS17, having recently completed a five-day, 54-mile hike in the Trap Hills area of the North Country Trail for "Exploration Week" (the "hardest" of several trip options). Those hikers endured some really tough weather conditions, and still he returned glowing with enthusiasm. My spouse and I just returned from "Family Weekend," where we were able to tag along on Friday classes and enjoy fun activities and visits with our student and other kindred families over the weekend. I was so thrilled to see my son enjoying structured classwork and close connections with new friends. This place is an absolute gem, and the adjacent Sylvania Wilderness is like a mini Boundary Waters with the spirit of ancient forest. I cannot possibly convey the entirety of my gratitude for the staff's expert execution of the founder's hopeful and generous vision. It is obvious that they have put tremendous thought into every aspect of the experience, and they've had enough time to work out the kinks. The only potential drawback here is having to give up certain seasonal sports/clubs/activities (and sending-school friends/community) for four months while wholly focused on the Conserve experience. But it is, without doubt, a commitment worth making. The semester flies by quickly! My only constructive criticism is that much more racial diversity among the board and staff could go a long way toward attracting a more diverse student body, which would enrich the student experience and carry Conserve's mission farther. (Pretty sure the Adventure Gap is already on Conserve School's radar.) Scour the website, read up on the school's mission, review the Student Stories and Staff Stories, check out the virtual tour, and attend a Prospective Student Day if you're able.
Wish there were 10 stars to add! My son is attending Fall semester as I write this. He has told me on three separate occasions, Mom, this day was the best day of my life! So, apparently, the mountaintop experience has been surpassed a few times even. My son heard of the Conserve School program when he was in third or fourth grade, and has wanted to attend ever since. In his words, getting accepted and attending is a dream come true. Thank you to Jim Lowenstein, the founder and benefactor of the endowment that made this a reality for our family!! He has shared some of his academic work with me, and it is very rigorous. I appreciate the high standards of the academics. But the real payoff is seeing my son bloom and "find his tribe", and himself in the process. How could a parent ask for more?
As a Guidance Counselor who has seen several of our students attend Conserve School, I have been so grateful for the unique and supportive educational environment that they provide. Students and faculty are brought together, learn deeply, and engage in the world and one another in a very different way. Students are inspired to do more and be more... and leave Conserve School with a passion for education and community involvement that inspires everyone around them.
A great place for students from all backgrounds to learn in the natural environment. I wish as a young man growing up in the inner city that I had this opportunity to attend Conserve School. This school should be the norm!!
Had an opportunity to visit Conserve School to help partner to bring more diverse students to the school. The administration and faculty are the cream of the crop in terms of their professionalism and their efforts for students to reach their full potential. For anyone to buy into your efforts, you must love what you do and have a genuine care and focus for young people and their welfare. You cannot fake that because people(especially young people ) will see right through you. The individuals at Conserve School display this type of concern and professionalism. I wish I could of had a Conserve School when I was young. This is a place where young minds can learn in a different way....in green classrooms. Way to go Conserve School!!
As I write this, my daughter is actually spending the semester at Conserve School. She is thrilled with that school. The experience is so much more than just a semester school; it appears to be a profoundly positive one. I have never been worried for her safety there and everything there is top notch, including the educators.
Conserve School is such an amazing and life changing opportunity for high schoolers. It brings together people passionate about the environment in a variety of different ways. And then bonds them within a community that's completely new, but by the end is like family. It gives students an opportunity to advance their learning and understanding of the natural world. And provides experiences that are unparalleled for many of the students that attend because of the low cost compared to other semester schools. Without Conserve I wouldn't be the same, I wouldn't have such a passion to make the world better, I wouldn't be so confident, and I wouldn't have such a bond with nature or my Conserve family. Not many places can take a group of teenagers from all over and help them expand and form their voice and passions.
A truly amazing and life changing opportunity for high schoolers
Conserve School fully lives its mission. It is a life changing semester school, creating inspired learners, environmental stewards, and deep friendships. Our son is a CS16 alum and we are so thankful for the opportunitiy of the Conserve School experience.
Conserve School does an incredible job of immersing students in nature while completing a junior year high school semester course load. The alumni I have met tell me that it's a life-changing experience and one of the best, if not the best, experiences they had during their high school careers.
Conserve School was life-changing for my daughter. She ended up writing one of her college admissions essays about the sense of community she found there. I am so grateful she had this opportunity and would wholeheartedly recommend it to prospective families.
Wish I could add another star to the five star rating cuz I'd give it six stars or more!! Conserve school is by far hands down an exceptional learning experience.. they nurture and truely care for the children, they have an excellent staff that truly cares about the students as they grow to be self reliant young adults. The facilities are top-notch and the bonus is the Outdoor Learning environment. It definitely had a very positive and lasting effect on our son as he ventured on his path toward adulthood while he attended Conserve. I would have no qualms about recommending Conserve to any future student interested in the Outdoor Environmental Learning experience.
Attending semester 14 was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I left with incredible friendships, positive relationships formed with teachers and other adults, lots of love I had developed for the campus, and a commitment to being an environmental steward. This experience is like no other, I could not be more grateful I found out about it. Conserve School will be somewhere I hold dearly in my heart for many years to come. I hope many other students continue to be able to have this extraordinary experience.
The fact that this experience was open to our daughter through the financial gifts and commitment of the board to keeping it financially accessible to all students continues to astound me. We are grateful that she was able to be part of this beautiful learning environment that nurtured her spirit, mind, and body in community! Looking for ways the school can take bold steps toward reflecting demographics of young people and growing diversity. Love is school and vision and opportunity!
Conserve School is an amazing school. Our daughter is currently attending semester 15. It is the best school I have ever been to and I have been teaching 25 years in four different states. She is growing as a student and more important as a person. She is learning to be independent and gaining confidence and learning self reliance. And most important she is learning to appreciate and care for our home, planet Earth.
My daughter arrived at Conserve School as a shy, insecure teen. Over the course of 4 months, she had transformed into a confident young woman. Conserve gave her room to grow and find herself, and the support she needed along the way. The teachers and classes are top notch, but the education goes far beyond the classroom. Conserve School provides a transformative, life-changing experience for a that can be found nowhere else. Best decision that we ever made for our daughter.
Conserve School is the place to be if you are a young person who is passionate about nature. It is a stepping atom to success!
This school honestly changed my life. In highschool, I just wanted to go to boarding school for a bit, I really was not that in to nature. The thought-provoking classes and caring community swiftly crafted me into a true environmentalist and outdoors-woman for life. I had an "a-ha" moment in the AP enviro class that made me realize I was lucky enough to have the chance to learn about the environmental problems that effect literally every living thing on the planet, and that it is my duty to improve these conditions. I am incredibly devoted to the outdoors now, it is the only thing I do with my free time anymore. I can genuinely say that connecting to nature and community at conserve school changed the course of my life and made me a happier version of myself than I think I could have achieved at a regular school.
We just spent the weekend visiting our daughter at Conserve School. It is an absolutely amazing gem. It nurtures dynamic, caring young people who are passionate about the environment, with excellent teachers and a well-run, responsive, and friendly administration. And the setting is just gorgeous. It will have a lasting impact on all of the students, and so will undoubtedly impact our world.
My daughter was fortunate to be a part of CS5 the fall of 2012, and we are both truly grateful to Conserve School and the staff for this opportunity. Please feel free to read about Tessa's experience: http://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/439576-fostering-passion-protecting-environment-chambers-attends-conserve-school
Tessa is currently a junior attending Swarthmore College. Thank you Conserve School!
I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at Conserve School for parents weekend. I was able to shadow classes and the way that the staff interacted with students was so impressive to me. It's clear that they see these students as able learners, worthy of respect. Clearly the students think that of the teachers as well. It took a lot for me to leave my child here, and they acknowledged that and have done such a wonderful job in not only teaching, but inspiring the students to see themselves as capable of so much more than they may have possibly been awarded in their home schools. I know my child looks at this experience as a true blessing and after being there for the weekend, I can't imagine a better place to spend time learning about nature, conservation - and a little bit more about oneself along the way. What an amazing experience!
Great opprotunity! I was a student during CS1. I constantly talk about my time at Conserve and that was over 5 years ago that I attended during high school. This school has an amazing purpose and culivates community. The environmental focus is awesome and very enlightening. The school and students work hard to promote sustainbilty in all aspects. The impact this non profit has on it’s students and the environment is immeasurable. I will keep the experiences and knowledge and relationships I created here for the rest of my life. I will continue to cultivate the same environmental values and principles in my life and persue to educate others.
Conserve School changed my life. It absolutely inspired me to be my best self and follow a passionate path as an environmental steward. I will be forever grateful to all the staff and wonderful people I met during my time at conserve.
A terrific experience for a high schooler. My child has gained confidence along with new friends, a great education in a beautiful setting and a focus on what environmental discipline she wants to study in college.
Conserve School is a place where high schoolers who have nature in their heart can be true to themselves. I had the pleasure of observing an English class, history class and art class. Not only are the teachers experts in their content areas, but they are also masters in the art of teaching. All of the staff work together to create a climate of warmth and caring as well as academic challenge. My daughter attended Conserve school and I agree with the motto, "One semester can make a world of difference."
My experience at Conseve School in Semester 1, Summer 2010 was truly life changing. To be surrounded by beautiful Northern Wisconsin forests and lakes, and also some of the most inspiring students and staff alike, shaped me into a better advocate for nature, and a better person in general. Exploration Week at Conserve school consisted of a week backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains, but almost every other course during my semester there enveloped the outdoors in some way, whether reading about Shackleton in history class, or discussing lichen in AP environmental science; I learned more at Conserve in 4 months than most of my other 3 years in high school.
Just visited my grandson and I was so impressed with the academic and extracurricular programs at this one of a kind School. This is a dedicated community of students and staff where learning and making this a better world are paramount.
Our daughter spent a semester at Conserve school and it was the best experience of her life. Not only it helped her to become more independent but it gave her all the skills and tools she needed to become a true environmental stewardship.
She now runs a Green Club at her school and leads a number of initiatives to protect our environment and to help others in need.
We are ever so grateful to everyone who made this experience possible and in particular all her teachers who shared their vision and talent with her.
I was a student at Conserve in 2014 and absolutely loved my experience. I would not be where I am today if I had not pursued this opportunity and I am very grateful to the amazing faculty and staff for the experiences they provided. I miss it every single day! It is the perfect school for students interested in environmental science, sustainability and outdoor education. Thank you!
I attended Conserve in their first semester as a semester school, (CS1) and had the best time of my life. The staff, facilities, curriculum, and campus grounds are utterly fantastic. We read from Lewis and Clark's journals as we crafted our own dugout canoe, we cross-country skiied, we canoed into the Sylvania Wilderness during Exploration Week, and we learned to T-Rescue our classmates should our canoes or kayaks capsize. We climbed trees and read from wilderness writers within their branches. We aided in the collection of an endangered trout species for Wisconsin's fisheries, became wilderness first aid certified, maintained trails and linedanced. We learned about beekeeping, tracked wolves with a local biologist, wrote stories about the creatures lurking within Lowenwood's depths. We watched the stars pass overhead on clear nights, we made intimate friendships and learned more about the world than we could have imagined. Conserve is an incredible place and I want to thank them for the opportunities, worldview, adventures and experiences they have given me. I will carry the memories and skills I gained here with me for the rest of my life. Thank you.
My daughter is currently a student at Conserve School. I just returned from parent weekend and I’m still smiling. Conserve School is truly extraordinary. As a parent I was nervous about sending my daughter to another state and placing her under the care and direction of those I barely knew, however, I am beyond thankful that we took that leap of faith. The curriculum, environment, staff and students are all exceptional. The facilities and grounds are serenely optimal for learning. I spent three days on campus and I was struck with how impressive all of the students are. The students are engaging, creative, filled with a desire to learn, positive and extremely supportive of one another. Our daughter is beaming with happiness at Conserve School. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Conserve School founder James Lowenstine (and subsequent board of trustees) whose vision and generosity have allowed our daughter to have this experience.
Conserve School Semester 12 was the adventure of my lifetime. The things I learned, people I met, and experiences I had continue to inspire me and drive me forward in everything I do. It prepared me to take on any adventure that comes my way with a unique mindset, skill set, and appreciation for the world.
Absolutely could not recommend it enough.
Both of my daughters spent a semester at Conserve School. It was a fantastic experience for them; excellent teachers and classes in a beautiful setting.
My daughter was recommended to this semester school by Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains. She had an incredible experience. She lived in a part of the country she had never been to before. She came away with an even stronger desire to protect the environment and history. She has since gone to a college with similar goals. This non profit allowed my child the experience of a lifetime that we could not have afforded to give her. Our planet's future needs schools like this. The classes, volunteering, and outdoor activities are remarkable. In the role below, I chose expert, as I am not only a parent, but also a professional Interpretive Naturalist.
I don't even know how to put into words all the good this place did for me at 16 years old. I was surrounded by wonderful people and beautiful nature, things I could never experience in a regular high school.
The defining experience of my life. It has led me to pursue a career in environmental biology, taken me to Africa to study wildlife and planted a passion for the outdoors in my soul. I miss it everyday, 4 years later. Lowenwood and Conserve School is nothing short of magical.
Conserve inspired me to make a change in the world and gave me hope for the future. It is truly the most amazing high school experience and it will impact everything I do. I made friends throughout the country and created memories beyond compare. Thanks for everything Conserve!
Conserve school transformed my life! It was a truly amazing experiance where I learned so much about myself and Mother Earth. Every student should have the opportunity to be part of a community that cares so deeply about education and the earth. The connection between the two is inseparable.
Great school to engage kids. The teacher are passionate about what they are teaching and the students as well.
I have always loved and respected nature and have tried to instill this passion in raising my children to be good stewards of the land they have been given. Our traditional school system offers little to continue this type of education. The Conserve school has an incredible environmentally based education program. Not only are their academics second to none they use it in a way to educate students in regards to the responsibility as stewards of this great Earth of ours, and have fun doing it!! I highly recommend this school to anyone who is interested in an outstanding educational experience.