CSI 2020 Participant Application

Audubon Canyon Ranch's Conservation Science Intensive brings together selected participants for a summer adventure and educational experience on the spectacular and permanently protected lands in western Marin County, California. This 5-day residential program is designed to inspire young women to develop a stronger connection to nature while learning about and practicing land conservation and stewardship. It will deepen their appreciation of the complexity and interconnectedness of natural systems. This experiential program will challenge participants physically, mentally, and emotionally as they work with and learn from highly-skilled female conservation biologists, ecologists, and educators, including ACR staff and professionals from the regional conservation community.

The program is based at the Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon in Stinson Beach. The program includes day trips to ACR’s Cypress Grove Research Center and various locations in and around Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. During the week participants explore topics including: natural history, conservation, stewardship, leadership, outdoor skills, equity in science, and female models of collaboration and leadership.

DATES: July 20 - July 24, 2020


Fifteen young women will be selected to participate in the program. We welcome applicants from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, understanding that a diversity of life experiences in the group significantly enhances the experience of all participants. Demonstrated academic success is less important than a keen desire to participate and a clear sense of how the program will benefit the individual.
All applicants must be going into their sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall of 2020.

Funding provided by private foundations and donors allows ACR to offer this program free-of-charge.


The application process consists of three parts:

1. WRITTEN APPLICATION: The completion of this participant application. Submitted by 5 PM Friday March 10, 2020.

2. ONE RECOMMENDATION FORM: All applicants must request a community leader or teacher who is not a relative to submit a recommendation form to be submitted by 5 PM March 10, 2020. You can find a link on www.egret.org/csi or by clicking here: https://forms.gle/BfHSBPJy6LbBpJaG7

3. 30 MINUTE INFORMAL PHONE INTERVIEW: In this interview, we will ask questions so that we can get to know you better and understand how you would fit into the Conservation Science Intensive community. Interviews will be held on March 20th and 21st. Please indicate if pre-existing plans prohibit you from completing a phone interview on these dates. After CSI program leaders receive this written application and recommendation form, we will contact you to set up an interview slot.


Applicants will be notified of their acceptance before April 3, 2020. To attend applicants must send in health forms and waivers within two weeks of receiving these forms.
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