UW program aims to diversify the conservation workforce

August 17, 2014

Growing up in Chicago, Jesse Okwu’s closest connection to nature was watching environmental documentaries on public television. So when he came to Washington for an eight-week summer program on conservation issues, and visited the state’s national parks and desert landscapes, it was his first real encounter with the wilderness.

By the end of the program, the sophomore at Knox College in Illinois was loving the outdoor field trips. Now, he’s thinking about how conservation work could become part of his career path in economics.