SWAP- Student Exchange Program


2018 Primary Sponsors:

New Mexico Wildlife Federation
U.S. Forest Service, Southwest Region

Also sponsored by:

Cleveland State Community College
National Park Service, Great Smoky Mtns
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Wildlife Society, NM & TN State Chapter

What:   Week-long chaperoned student trip to Appalachian Mountains

Where: East Tennessee, various locations

When:  August 5-12, 2018

Open To:
Students* pursuing a career in Natural Resource Management
 * Must be 18 years of age or older by August 5, 2018.

The Student Wildlands Adventure Program (SWAP) is open to all Native or underprivileged students from New Mexico, ages 18 years or older, who have an interest in pursuing a career in fishery and wildlife management, forestry, range management, watershed management, hydrology, or other natural resources related field. SWAP provides what may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience by allowing students to experience far away landscapes and cultures in a “hands-on” learning experience in natural resource management. The program is a multi-agency effort to provide a positive and lasting impression in the lives of students considering a career in natural resource management. It is provided at no-cost to the participating students.

The 2018 SWAP event will take 12-15 New Mexico students to East Tennessee to experience eastern ecosystems they may never otherwise get to experience. The focus of the week-long adventure will be on water and the rich diversity the eastern ecosystems have to offer.

Summer temperatures in the East Tennessee area during August range from the 60’s at night to 90+ degrees Fahrenheit. Some strenuous hiking will be involved. For more information, contact Daryl Ratajczak at 615/440-9200 (cell phone). Leave a message and calls will be returned promptly.

To apply, simply fill out the attached application and submit BEFORE the deadline! It’s that easy! 

All Applications Must Be Received or Postmarked By May 31, 2018.

Selections will be made by June 8, 2018 and students will be notified by June 15, 2018. Only COMPLETE APPLICATIONS will be accepted. Please e-mail completed applications to: dratajczak@fs.fed.us. Hand-written applications can be mailed to Daryl Ratajczak, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM, 87508. For questions about the SWAP program, contact Daryl at the above e-mail or by phone at: 615/440-9200.

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SWAP 2018