In collaboration with the Nature Conservancy in Oregon, USA, volunteers have the opportunity to live and work in remote and beautiful northeastern Oregon on The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, the largest remaining fescue-dominated bunchgrass prairie in North America. Participate in various botany and wildlife research projects for the summer field season.
I worked as volunteer field assistant at the Zumwalt Prairie, in Enterprise, Oregon, USA, for two months. They were two amazing months! The place is stunning and full of energy. During these months, I learned how to work within a group, how to implement many ecological field techniques and how to manage some ecological issues.
About Zumwalt Preserve
Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, with its beautiful views of the Wallowas and Seven Devils mountains, is located on the edge of Hell’s Canyon in the far northeastern corner of Oregon, near the Idaho border. The 160,000-acre Zumwalt Prairie is home to a remarkable number of hawks, eagles and other wildlife.
Work alongside botanists who are passionate about their work and gain real hands-on experience to further your botanical and ecological career. Join a team of people from all over the world and live in the most stunning remote wilderness location in Oregon and if you are lucky, you may even spot a bear, or coyote, or other mammals. An opportunity of a lifetime!
The Zumwalt Prairie Preserve is located in Zumwalt Prairie is a grassland area located in Wallowa County in northeast Oregon, United States. A large portion of the area is owned by The Nature Conservancy and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. The closest towns are La Grande and Enterprise in Oregon.
In your free time, there is plenty of incredible hiking and camping opportunities that you can do in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. You can also swim in rivers and take boat trips or go kayaking surrounded by pristine wilderness.