Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School

students stand next to fire lookout with Mt. Rainier in background

Each year the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School (PNWPFS) 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 PNWPFS to provide you with the opportunity to experience preservation firsthand.

Incoming UO Historic Preservation 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
  • Learning about preservation by doing it
  • 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 of our 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 Preservation Field School.

PNWFS participants work with wood
Window repair with historic preservation students.

The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School is made possible by generous support from our sponsors and partners:

  • University of Oregon
  • National Park Service
  • Idaho State Parks
  • Idaho State Historical Society
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
  • Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
  • Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

Hands-on Experience

Current Staff

Chad Randl
Field School Director, University of Oregon

Sueann Brown
Field School Coordinator


Donald Peting
Emeritus Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon

Jason Benson
National Park Service, Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve

Paul Gaudette
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Allison Geary
Archaeological Investigations Northwest

Vida Germano
NPS Pacific West Regional Office, San Francisco, CA

Chris Gustafson
Vintage Window Restoration

Amy Hoke
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Sterling Holdorf
National Park Service, Channel Islands National Park

Donald “Duck” Houk
National Park Service, Channel Islands National Park

Laurie Matthews
MIG, Seattle

Dr. Suzana Radivojevic
Wood Scientist, University of Oregon

Tim Rea
Pioneer Waterproofing

Brad Richardson
National Park Service, Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve

Shannon Sardell
Former Field School Director

Scott Swensen
National Park Service, Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve

Fred Walters
Historical Architect

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This program receives federal funds for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Chief, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, MS-2740, Washington, D.C. 20240.

This publication has been funded in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior.