Over the course of four decades, the Field Naturalist Program has trained environmental leaders who thrive where the natural world meets human nature. But we cannot rest on our record of success. You can help us become an even stronger force for nature for another 40 years.

Our program is developing a new model for financial sustainability. Your contribution will support our bedrock funding to help us recruit a diversity of students and provide them with reliable scholarships.

Give to the Scholarship Fund

Your contribution will help us:

  • Attract the best students, regardless of need, allowing us to diversify our mission and expand our reach within the environmental community.
  • Bolster our model for funding master’s projects so that students have the flexibility to take on an even broader range of environmental challenges.
  • Provide funding for the Program Director to respond to current and future needs, assuring that the program can thrive over time.

Program alumni, colleagues, and friends know the tangible impacts of our graduates. We study and protect some of the most vulnerable and wonderful wild places on Earth, from Alaska to Vietnam. We’ve risen to the upper levels of policy leadership in public and private organizations from the National Park Service to The Nature Conservancy. We are researchers, writers, educators, and field biologists.

Our goal now is to put the program on secure financial footing so it can thrive for the next 40 years. The success of our campaign will ensure that future Field Naturalists can devote their careers to the complex work of conservation.

To discuss your donation, contact Walter Poleman, Program Director, or Ashley McLeod, Director of Major Gifts.

"The Field Naturalist Program equips students with the practical skills and experience they need to tackle our society’s greatest environmental challenges."

Kathleen Fitzgerald '99 (Cohort O), Project Director at The Pew Charitable Trusts for Enduring Earth