Conserve School – Parent Interest Letter

September 30, 2016

Dear Parents of US Freshmen and Sophomores,

For the past four school years, Prairie has sent a few students each winter to Conserve School, a semester boarding school in the Northwoods of Wisconsin that aims to inspire environmental stewardship among its students. Three sophomore boys, Sam Neubauer, Jennings Leavell and Brendan Schwaab, were the first to partake in this opportunity. Since then, Jenny Lehner, Maddie Gloo, Jaimeson Frazier, Ashley Dail, Bridger Banco, Allison Mattox, Maya Dizack, Rose Chilsen and Julia Jones have gone. This February, Shane Smiley, Madeleine Heide, Annli Nakayama, and Sarah Wotapka begin their adventure. All of the students who have attended Conserve have nothing but superlative reviews of their experience. The school’s website,, best explains what makes Conserve so special:

Each Conserve School semester immerses students in environmental history, nature literature, and the science of conservation. Innovative hands-on courses capture students’ imaginations while making the most of Conserve School’s 1200-acre wilderness campus. The school’s strikingly beautiful Northwoods location sets the stage for an exceptional educational experience; at Conserve School, forests, lakes, and wildlife become students’ inspiration, their course materials, and their laboratory. At the same time, Conserve School’s program advances students’ skills in standard high school subjects.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? It gets even better: Conserve offers full scholarships to all students. Prairie applicants must have at least a 3.3 GPA and be approved by the Academic Council. To provide interested families with more information about this incredible opportunity, there will be a meeting in the Commons on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. The Conserve alumni will give a presentation about their experiences and will be available to answer questions about life at Conserve. I will explain the application process, credit transfer and the required return project.

This truly is a fantastic opportunity that has had tremendous impacts on students. Applications for the winter semester of 2017 are due December 15, so it’s time to start thinking. If you have any questions about this program or the meeting itself, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Jean Weaver, Ph.D.
Sustainability Coordinator
US Science Chair
[email protected]