Each year the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School attracts a range of participants, from practicing cultural resource professionals to undergraduate and graduate students, to novices with little background in the field. They all share a love for heritage and a desire to learn. The University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program developed the PNWFS to provide participants with the opportunity to experience preservation firsthand. Incoming graduate students are required to enroll for at least one session as part of their graduation requirements.
The field school is intended for anyone interested in working in a hands-on environment, to learn about preservation by doing it, and interested in seeing a spectacular part of the United States. The typical class varies in age, skill-background, and interest, but the common thread is always fun and learning. Many participants have used the field school to launch into historic preservation, and many graduates of the University of Oregon's program got their start at the Pacific Northwest Field School.
The Croatia Conservation Field School adds an exciting international element to the University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program. The Croatia Field School specializes in the conservation of vernacular settings and cultural landscapes, and the School of Architecture and Allied Arts' focus on sustainable design.
The Croatia Conservation Field School offers a unique look at the vernacular building culture of Croatia's Central Dalmatian Coast. Students will explore 16th through 18th century villages, while learning the history of the area, documenting and analyzing important structures, and participating in a hands-on building project. This summer will be our fourth field school at the Drvenik Veli location, coupled with our third on the Island of Brac.