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:
    • 33% from urban areas, 28% from rural areas, and 38% from suburban areas
    • 81% from public schools, 11% from private schools, and 8% from homeschools
    • 84% in grade 11, and 16% in grade 10


  • 24 teachers and teaching fellows, for a student-to-faculty ratio of 2.5 to 1
  • 38 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 four core courses: AP Environmental Science, English: American Literature and the Land, History: Environmental Citizenship, 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 nine-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. Click here to find out more about the Lowenstine Scholarship Program