University of Vermont


THE FIELD NATURALIST (FN) program recruits field scientists, ecologists, naturalists, planners, environmentalists, lawyers, educators, biologists, engineers and others who have the moxie to break new environmental ground. Hallmarks of the program are integrative field science, problem solving, and effective communication. Instruction is more apprenticeship than conventional schooling.

Our graduates are sought-after leaders in conservation, stewardship, policy, ecological planning, and place-based education. Whether they work in boardrooms, backyards or bogs, Field Naturalists stand alone as integrative problem-solvers. More than half of our graduates go on to direct programs for The Nature Conservancy or other leading conservation and environmental organizations.

About the Program

Our purpose, curriculum and innovative approaches in the classroom, community and outdoors. Discover how we learn.


Students, graduates, faculty and program staff. Meet our academic family or view a list of undergraduate institutions from where our students hail.


Where we work, study and deliver solutions for communities, organizations and wild places. Learn how we succeed.

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