Fast Facts


  • Campus is located just west of Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin
  • Adjacent to the federally-designated Sylvania Wilderness
  • About a 4.5-hour drive north of Madison, Wisconsin, and a 5.5-hour drive northeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • 60 students enrolled in the fall 2018 semester
  • Fall 2018 students come from 19 different states
  • Over the past five semesters, on average, students identify as:
    • 32% from urban areas, 30% from rural areas, and 38% from suburban areas
    • 75% from public schools, 16% from private schools, and 9% from homeschools
    • 80% in grade 11, and 20% in grade 10


  • 21 teachers and teaching fellows, for a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1
  • 49 total faculty and staff


  • 1,200-acre wooded campus
  • Access to eight campus lakes
  • More than 15 miles of trails on campus, including single-track hiking and biking trails, and double-wide hiking, biking, and ski trails (10 miles of trails groomed for cross-country skiing)
  • More than 25 campus buildings, including clean, well-kept, and modern academic, recreational, and residential facilities
  • Organic garden and orchard


  • College-preparatory, junior-level courses
  • All students are enrolled in five core courses: AP Environmental Science, English: American Literature and the Land, History: Exploration in America, Environmental Stewardship, and Outdoor Skills (physical education)
  • All courses are awarded one-half credit, with the exception of AP Environmental Science, which is awarded one whole credit
  • All courses meet for a minimum of 58 contact hours
  • Spring semester students, over the past three years, have scored an average of 3.70 on the AP Environmental Science exam, more than a point higher than the national average


  • Accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED; NCA CASI accreditation focuses on the Conserve School academic program
  • Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA); Conserve School values the ACA accreditation's focus on Conserve's outdoor and student life programming
  • Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Member of the Wisconsin Green Schools Network
  • Member of the Independent School Management Consortium (ISM)
  • Member of the Semester Schools Network


  • Private, independent 501(c)(3) organization
  • Governed by five-member Board of Trustees


Conserve School’s founder, James R. Lowenstine wanted deserving students to benefit from the unique Conserve School experience regardless of financial means.

The cost for tuition, room & board at Conserve School is $25,000. Additionally, all families are responsible for travel expenses, required gear and a $200 enrollment fee.

The need-based Lowenstine Scholarship Program strives to make Conserve School affordable. Each year the parameters of the program are set by the Conserve School Board. It is predicted, that for the fall 2018 and the spring of 2019, families with a gross income of less than $100,000 will only pay the enrollment fee, with a sliding scale for those who earn more.