Conservation Program

“One who helps build up our landscape is quite sure to become a protector of our landscape.” – Wakelin “Ranger Mac” McNeel

Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center’s Conservation Program is focused on creating the next generation of land stewards. The land is our largest shared resource. In order to use it sustainably, conservation principles need to be developed and maintained within the generations to come. Conservation is the application of many different sciences such as: ecology, biology, chemistry, and geology all united to use and preserve our finite resources. The land, water, plants, and animals are all part of the community we exist in. Taking care of that natural community has many benefits not only to nature, but to us. In order to provide clean water, arable soil, and breathable air, the natural world around us needs to be treated as the valuable community member it is. To do that, Upham Woods is dedicated to providing hands on projects that invite people, especially youth, to participate in conservation service. All projects focus on improving water quality, restoring oak forests, and preserving our unique northern ecosystem. To see what the conservation program has been up to check out our story map.


Conservation Story Map


The Conservation Challenge; 10k by 2020

A NCCC team takes part in the Conservation Challenge by building a trail re-route.

Upham Woods has created a Conservation Challenge to give back to the land that is so often taken for granted. We aim to put 10,000 hours of conservation service into our lands by the year 2020. We will accomplish this goal through our many conservation program opportunities for both campers and community members. The goal of the challenge is to restore our land while simultaneously giving people the skills and knowledge of land management. These land management principles can then be easily applied to their own communities. Some of these projects include trail building, invasive species management, oak forest restoration, and biodiversity monitoring. Examples of such projects can be seen on our story map.

To get involved in the Conservation Challenge email our Conservation Program Coordinator, Caroline Zimmerman, at or call (608) 254-6461.

Running Total (since the beginning of August 2019): 1,906 hours

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”  – Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants

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