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Since 1983, the Field Naturalist Program has recruited field scientists, ecologists, naturalists, planners, lawyers, educators, engineers, artists, and others who have the moxie to break new environmental ground.

Hallmarks of the Master of Science program are cross-disciplinary science in the field, problem-solving, and effective communication. Instruction is more apprenticeship than conventional schooling. Students complete a master's project in service to a sponsoring environmental organization — they leave the program with on-the-ground conservation experience.

Our graduates are sought-after leaders in stewardship, conservation, policy, ecological planning, and place-based education. Whether they work in boardrooms, backyards, or bogs, Field Naturalists stand out as holistic problem-solvers. Over 90 percent of alumni have careers in the environmental field, and nearly half go on to direct programs for The Nature Conservancy, federal and state agencies, and other such leading organizations.

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    Alumni Reception on April 21

    Join us to celebrate FNEP alumni, students, and faculty! We are excited to welcome forty years of Field Naturalists to Jeffords Hall, the current headquarters of the program. This casual gathering is a chance to honor retiring faculty, meet current students, reconnect with alumni, and celebrate the lives and legacies of those no longer with us. Food and drinks provided. Friday, April 21, 5-7 p.m. RSVP here.

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"When I returned to the West Coast after finishing the program, I 'saw' my home for the first time. It was as if I had been blind."

Carol Savonen '85 (Cohort A), science writer, naturalist, professor emerita at Oregon State University