Weaselskin Institute and Center for Conservation Studies
Conservation is defined as the action of: preservation, protection or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife; preservation, repair, and prevention of deterioration of archaeological, historical, and cultural sites and artifacts; prevention of excessive or wasteful use of a resource.
The twenty first century arrived when humanity has just begun to recognize our necessity to incorporate conservation into our way of life on this planet. Awareness is always the first step on the long road to recovery from any addictive lifestyle. Many more steps will be necessary to successfully achieve communities planned around conservative lifestyles. Planning derives from education and knowledge. Knowledge comes from research.
Weaselskin Institute is here now researching possible changes while preserving the past all for the benefit of educating the future in conservation practices.
Weaselskin Institute is a charitable non-profit educational and research organization with its mission to foster programs ensuing from:
Wildlife habitat and archaeological area conservation studies
Equine experiential education for youth character and leadership
Athletic and healthy lifestyle promotion and coaching enrichment
Sustainable/eco-protective agriculture and forest product development
Energy research for regional renewable resources
Local - global distribution of knowledge through collaboration
Weaselskin Institute will accomplish its goals by providing the facilities for, and organization of:
• Seminars and classes, in the areas of the institute’s interests, that are open to all regional educational institutions as well as independent teacher organizations.
• Grant acquisition and professional assistance for research or educational projects.
• Fundraising events, for non-profits that share the same value in improving educational systems and opportunities for future generations.
The Institute is a result of first; a family legacy, of several generations, involved in creating and supporting educational programs of all ages and various disciplines, and second, of following a vision of preservation of both the wild and open space associated with our family land holdings south of Durango. Recent circumstances have allowed the process of turning vision into reality to begin. There are numerous opportunities for individuals, institutions, and corporations to get involved with bringing all these ideas to fruition.